ROSEMONT, ILL. - Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is phasing out its Wiesbaden, Germany, mold-making and hot-runner operations and relocating them to Husky's larger European facility in Dudelange, Luxembourg. Officials of Husky said the Canadian manufacturer of injection molding machines, molds and hot-runner systems, is creating in Luxembourg a central, ``campus'' setting, similar to company headquarters in Bolton, Ontario.
Operations housed at Dudelange include the manufacturing of large-tonnage presses, a technical center, mold-making and sales and service.
Husky employs 104 in Wies-baden. Dirk Schlimm, Husky director of corporate affairs, said June 12 at Plastics Fair Chicago in Rosemont, that the company already had announced the decision to Wiesbaden employees.
``Right now we're working with some of the people to relocate'' to Dudelange or Bolton, Schlimm said.
Because discussions are under way, Schlimm was not able to say how many people Husky might retain.
Husky started the Wiesbaden facility in 1983. Last year, Husky officials said they planned to open a plant in Dudelange to make molds by 1997.
The plan called for keeping Wiesbaden open to become a dedicated plant for making only hot-runner systems.
But Schlimm said plans for the Dudelange mold-making operation have accelerated faster than officials had expected.
Also, Husky officials determined that a stand-alone hot-runner plant in Germany did not make sense.
The Dudelange facility already has been expanded to accommodate the new work.
Husky owns the building in Wiesbaden. Schlimm had no comment about plans for the building.
Husky will continue to have sales office in Wiesbaden, housed at another nearby location, he said.