Bristow's Kwikset job future is uncertain

Friday, December 5th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Kwikset is located in Bristow and is Creek County's largest employer.

It's parent company, Black and Decker says it's undergoing a cost-evaluation to see if they should keep the jobs in Bristow or move them out of the country, possibly to China or Mexico.

Kwikset has provided good paying jobs in the area for 22 years. If it closes, more than 1,000 people would lose their jobs. Leova Whitehouse, Kwikset employee: “There is a lot of families that will be affected, men and women both, wives and husbands, we have wife and husband teams out here that work her and you know it's really devastating.”

Central Vo-Tech trains workers and says it will meet with current students to talk about future possibilities.

Bristow city leaders and Kwikset aren't commenting. Black and Decker does say if the plant closes it would take 2 years to complete.

A decision on what the company will do could come early next year.