GARDENA, CALIF. — Rotational molder Rotonics Manufacturing Inc. announced June 5 that it has closed its plants in Arleta, Calif., and Warminster, Pa.
Gardena-based RMI is moving equipment from the leased facilities to other, undisclosed plants.
Sherman McKinniss, the firm's chief executive officer and president, said in a news release that RMI will benefit from reductions in fixed, overhead costs and greater use of operations.
He acknowledged by telephone that there were layoffs at the plants, but said the company's overall employee count of 600 will remain the same.
RMI acquired the Arleta operation in 1995 as part of its purchase of Custom Rotational Molding Inc. It picked up the Warminster plant in 1994 with the acquisition of Plastech International Inc.
Earlier this year, RMI bought Miami-based rotomolder Rotocast International Inc. Rotocast employed 475 at eight plants in seven states.
RMI ranked No. 8 in Plastics News' 1997 survey of rotational molders, with $39 million in annual sales. However, the Rotocast acquisition should push RMI's annual sales to about $40 million.
RMI rotomolds products for markets such as agricultural, refuse, health care and marine, and also does some custom injection molding.
The company has plants in Gardena; Denver; Miami; Gainesville and Brownwood, Texas; Barton, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Bensenville, Ill.; Coldwell, Idaho; and North Las Vegas, Nev.