Sunglasses giant Luxottica shutting down Knoxville plant, cuts 300 jobs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sunglasses giant, Luxottica, will close its Knoxville manufacturing facility in less than two months, the company confirmed on Tuesday. More than 300 employees are affected by the closure.

The plant is expected to close on November 19, according to the company. Support programs will be offered to employees.

In a statement, the company said the decision to close the Knoxville facility came following a review of its manufacturing plants. The reviews are designed to "drive efficiency and maximize resources across its manufacturing network."

Luxottica makes sunglasses for some of the most popular brands in the country, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli, Arnette, and Vogue.

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