Rubbermaid says goodbye to Wooster

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Eight years ago, Newell Rubbermaid said it would close its massive molding plant in Wooster, Ohio. Now the company is cutting another Wooster tie, with plans to close its 800,000-square-foot distribution center.

The Akron Beacon Journal's Ohio.com website is reporting the news today.

According to the report from Betty Lin-Fisher, 110 people still work at the Wooster complex, which includes the former molding plant. But the company says it no longer makes sense to transport products to Wooster from its nearby Mogadore, Ohio, molding plant.

"This was a business decision based on the expiration of our Wooster lease and the necessity to increase efficiency, reduce freight costs, and improve customer service by no longer having to transport products nearly 80 miles roundtrip between manufacturing in Mogadore and distribution in Wooster," spokesman David Doolittle told the newspaper.

By coincidence, i was just thinking yesterday about Rubbermaid closing the Wooster plant. That was a big story in the plastics industry -- the end of an era, really.

My friends in Wooster have told me that the plant shutdown was quite a blow to the community, but it was not crippling. The city is doing better than a lot of other small- to mid-sized Ohio communities.

Losing this big Rubbermaid presence is still a sad postscript to the story.

And as the Ohio.com story points out, Wooster is still home to a Rubbermaid retail store that employs 14.