Toro Co. plans to move injection molding equipment from Mound, Minn., as it closes its consumer electric products plant there.
Toro recently said it will close the facility because the leased building does not have space to expand.
Company spokesman Don St. Dennis said his firm probably will move the equipment and production work to a more modern facility with extra space in El Paso, Texas, that it acquired about a year ago as part of James Hardie Irrigation Group.
The former James Hardie facilities extruded PVC tubing and hose, giving Toro captive supply of these and other components used in irrigation systems.
Toro plants in Windom, Minn., and Sardis, Miss., are other candidates for production transfers from Mound, the Bloomington, Minn., firm noted.
The Mound plant molds components for and assembles electric lawn mowers, trimmers, snow blowers, lighting and related consumer products. About 220 employees will be affected by the closure, which will occur in stages from November to next summer. Toro will try to transfer about 30 office employees to other facilities and will give Mound's production workers hiring preference at other plants.
Charles Lounsbury, Toro group vice president, said the closing is part of a long-term strategy for cost reductions and growth. Earlier this year, Toro began moving production of irrigation valves to El Paso and sprinkler head manufacturing to Riverside, Calif.