Relocation of Rubbermaid Inc.'s health-care products business from Newark, N.J., to a larger facility will help it expand the business and develop new products that use more plastics, according to an official. On March 9, Rubbermaid announced plans to move the business to Statesville, N.C., by July 1. It entered health-care markets last summer when it bought Carex Health Care Products, a maker of canes, walkers and similar geriatric products.
William Pfund, spokesman for the Wooster, Ohio, consumer products firm, said most of Newark's current manufacturing involves metal fabrication.
``As we develop new products, there will be an increasing orientation to plastics,'' Pfund said.
He provided no details on long-term equipment and expansion plans for the health-care business. The firm noted in a news release that the business has growth opportunity ``in a market segment which is expanding rapidly as people lead longer, more-active lives.''
Rubbermaid will move its Newark operation to Statesville as its Home Products Division vacates the site and integrates with other, undisclosed Rubbermaid operations. The Home Products move includes transferring unspecified molding operations.
Pfund said the Newark plant is crowded and offers no expansion opportunity. Newark employs about 250. Rubbermaid initially will offer jobs to about 175 in Statesville when it moves the health-care business.