Samsonite Corp. is closing a 2-year-old vacuum forming plant in Jacksonville, Fla., in a move to consolidate all of its U.S. hard-side luggage manufacturing at its Denver facility. Samsonite said 137 employees will be affected by the closing of the Jacksonville plant and by the consolidation of administrative offices. Samsonite is shifting some administrative services to its Denver headquarters from Warren, R.I.
The moves are to be completed by August, Tom Sandler, chief financial officer for Samsonite, said by telephone Feb. 7.
Samsonite uses vacuum forming and injection molding at its Denver facility, one of 14 manufacturing plants it maintains worldwide, Sandler said.
While the Florida facility vacuum forms ABS resins, Sandler said the company may replace that process and material with injection molded polypropylene when the move is completed.
Samsonite said it expects to save $3.3 million a year as a result of the moves, yet it is being charged $2.4 million in its fourth fiscal quarter, ended Jan. 31, for the restructuring.
Sandler said sales of hard-sided luggage are flat or falling in the United States but are growing in other regions of the world.