Shape Global Technology Inc. is moving manufacturing of compact-disc jewel boxes to Kennebunk, Maine, from a plant in Fitchburg, Mass. Shape began the consolidation July 27 and said it would take about two weeks to move 14 manufacturing lines.
Thirty jobs at the 42,000-square-foot Fitchburg facility will be cut. For now, Shape will maintain its headquarters in Fitchburg, but the company said it is looking at options.
At the 160,000-square-foot Kennebunk plant, Shape makes videocassettes and has custom molding, assembly, packaging and distribution functions. Shape also operates a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing site in Sanford, Maine, and another of 140,000 square feet in Dadeville, Ala.
The consolidation will allow the company to invest more in core and new products, in the three remaining facilities, and in start-up, offshore manufacturing operations, Peter Ciriello, president and chief executive officer, said.
Shape is developing alliances, primarily in China, to mold videocassette cases, and is exploring other responses to stiff competition from foreign molders.
Early this year, Shape closed a leased Northbrook, Ill., videocassette plant, eliminating 100 jobs and selling equipment.