Small assembly operation to be established in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

FORT SMITH, Ark. - The air-conditioning division of Rheem Manufacturing Co. will establish a small assembly operation in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in the first quarter of this year, company officials announced.

The products planned for the Mexico plant are currently produced in the company's Trenton, S.C., facility. Approximately 25 employees will be laid off. The move will not affect the work force at Fort Smith, Ark., and Milledgeville, Ga., plants.