Waller plant closes amid complaints about coronavirus safety after 2 workers test positive

WALLER, Texas – A manufacturing plant in Waller that employs thousands of workers announced it’s closing temporarily following a KPRC 2 investigation into employee complaints that the company was not following government guidelines for sanitation and social distancing.

The Daikin Texas Technology Plant, 19001 Kermier Rd, is a sprawling industrial complex where about 4,000 employees produce air conditioning equipment that is sold all over the world.

The plant confirmed Friday that one of its workers had tested positive for COVID-19. Then Tuesday, a second worker was confirmed to be infected.

But according to employees, as of Wednesday, the company still wasn’t following guidelines laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for sanitation and social distancing. Workers and their families who contacted KPRC 2 were scared.

“I don’t think they’re taking this seriously. I really don’t. They’re exposing their employees," one woman said. She asked to remain anonymous. "I believe its more about manufacturing, the money, than the health.”

Photos taken by a worker after the first positive coronavirus case was announced, show employees packed together, working and socializing without masks or gloves.

(Photos taken Daikin plant) (KPRC)

“They’re not taking...following the guidelines.” The same woman said. “They make it seem like they are from their point of view, but when you see the reality and conditions that employees are working in there, you see that that’s not the case.”