WOOSTER, OHIO — Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is boosting production for its home products business but is cutting salaried workers.
Spokeswoman Keri Butler said the firm has hired about 140 more workers for the Wooster plant, about 50-60 of whom will be full time.
The housewares giant recently said it will spend about $20 million to expand and upgrade equipment at Wooster rather than build a warehouse there. Butler said new equipment purchases are in the bidding and ordering process and include injection molding presses and robots. She said no other details were available.
New management decided the home products business employs too many white-collar workers and has laid off 90 salaried employees in Wooster and 35 in Mississauga, Ontario, in sales, marketing, customer service, operations and research and development. The cuts leave Wooster with 520 salaried workers. The number of hourly employees will grow to about 1,160.
Newell Co. of Freeport, Ill., and Wooster-based Rubbermaid Inc. completed their merger March 24.