Black & Decker Canada Inc. will shut down its injection molding and manufacturing operation in Brockville, Ontario, as part of its parent firm's restructuring.
Black & Decker Corp. said Jan. 27 it plans to restructure to save more than $100 million annually. Its power tools and accessories business will be most affected, with four manufacturing plants, including Brockville, slated for closure. Black & Decker spokeswoman Barbara Lucas said her firm will name the other three by spring. Most restructuring will occur outside of the United States, she said.
Brockville's production will move to Easton, Md., Fayetteville, N.C., and other locations, Lucas said in an interview.
Lucas said Brockville's capacity was underutilized and Easton and Fayetteville, which both have injection molding operations, are larger plants concentrating on power tools.
Black & Decker will begin to phase out Brockville's production in spring and complete it by year-end. About 350 employees there will lose their jobs, but 150 will remain to staff the facility as a warehouse and distribution center.
The Towson, Md., parent firm had said in April that it was shifting more work to Brockville. Now it considers Brockville too far from core markets and not focused enough on core businesses. As well, new technologies allow Black & Decker to get more out of its Easton and Fayetteville plants, Lucas said. The restructuring will cut Black & Decker's total manufacturing space for power tools 25 percent.
An official said Brockville has 24 injection presses with clamping forces of 77-1,500 tons. Some will go to other Black & Decker plants, some to outside molders and others will be sold.
Black & Decker will cut about 3,000 jobs, about 10 percent of its total work force, during two years. Most job losses will occur in international operations. The firm will focus on key businesses of power tools, security hardware, plumbing products and fastening and assembly systems. It plans to divest its household products, Emhart Glass and True Temper Sports businesses.