Connecticut-based Farrel Corp., a maker of compounding extruders and mixers and mills for rubber and plastics processors, is laying off 34 hourly workers and 10 managers at a plant in Derby, Conn. The move is a scale back, but not a closure, of the factory, which is about 150 years old, spokesman Tom Drohan said. Farrel is consolidating component manufacturing from Derby to its plant in England, at Rochdale, Lancashire.
The Derby plant makes components and does metalworking for Farrel's line of machines, Drohan said. Farrel makes single- and twin-screw extruders, plastic compounding systems, continuous mixers. The company manufacturers the rubber industry's Banbury mixer.
Management cuts will be from both the Derby plant and Farrel's headquarters facility in nearby Ansonia, said Drohan, a communications consultant hired by Farrel. Officials at Farrel were not available for comment.
Derby machinery workers are represented by the United Steelworkers union.
Drohan emphasized: ``We're not closing the [Derby] plant. We're continuing to do assembly and warehousing work at that plant.''
Farrel managers have discussed the situation with the USW, telling the union a decision on more consolidation could come at a future time. Ansonia is very close to Derby.
Local USW unions did not return telephone calls late last week seeking comment.
Drohan, interviewed Jan. 31, said the layoffs and relocation of component work are part of a restructuring by Farrel, a public company traded on the Nasdaq National Market System.
``For future component manufacturing we don't need two plants to do that,'' Drohan said. ``As part of a worldwide restruc-turing program, we're going to do future component manufacturing at the plant in Lancashire for a very simple reason: the plant is more modern and efficient and we simply just don't need two plants to do that.''
The Derby layoffs will be completed by March 31, according to Drohan.
Farrel's fiscal year concludes at the end of December. Final-year numbers were not available.
Through the first nine months of 1995, the company had sales of $45.1 million, down 10 percent from $50.1 million the year before. Through the first nine months of 1995, Farrel was losing $1.2 million.
Drohan said Farrel employs 300 in the United States. The company employs 158 at Ansonia. In Derby, before the layoffs, 93 people are employed.