STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Household appliance manufacturer AB Electrolux plans to close two more plants.
Closing its food-service equipment plant at Alingsas, Sweden, will result in cutting 190 jobs, and shutting down a refrigerator plant in Pori, Finland, will cause a loss of almost 200 jobs.
Electrolux has begun negotiations with unions representing the Pori work force with a view to closing the plant by the end of 1998.
The plant includes plastics operations, such as vacuum forming of refrigerator cabinet and door linings, officials said. But the firm would not reveal the plant's overall capacity or more details of the plastics operations.
Production from Pori will be switched to several other Electrolux plants across Europe. The company said it will choose those locations sometime next year.
Stockholm-based Electrolux said the Swedish factory's future has been under review since July. Management just began talks on the closure plan with the union representing the Alingsas work force.
Electrolux proposes to transfer most of the unit's production to its plant at Vallenoncello, Italy, by the end of 1998. The remainder will switch to its other food-service equipment operations at Pederobba, Italy, and Malmo, Sweden.
The plant produced chiefly commercial-size washing machines and ovens using a small number of plastic components. The company said that the employees whose jobs are threatened by the shutdown will be offered job vacancies at other group facilities in Sweden.
The shutdowns are the firm's fourth and fifth announced plant closures since it revealed plans in June for a two-year restructuring program to include axing 25 factories, 50 warehouses and 12,000 jobs worldwide.