Rotational molding equipment supplier Ferry Industries Inc. is closing the FSP factory in Winkler, Manitoba, five months after Ferry bought FSP Machinery Co. (Canada) Inc.
During the next several months, Ferry will move FSP operations — including metalworking machines, jigs and fixtures, and some computer equipment — to Ferry's headquarters plant in Stow, Ohio.
The move will eliminate the jobs of about 25 FSP employees at the Canadian machinery plant, according to Ferry owner and President W. Harry Covington Jr. Ferry plans to offer jobs to three or four key FSP employees.
Ferry also has retained Richard Fair as sales manager of FSP products. Fair has been working at Ferry headquarters since the September purchase.
"This was a business decision," Covington said. "We felt we could control the operations and costs better by having it all under one roof."
Ferry employs 90 at its new, 75,000-square-foot plant in Stow. Covington said the FSP move could result in Ferry adding factory jobs in Stow, but officials will wait until the move is completed.
Ferry was leasing the 42,000-square-foot Manitoba factory from FSP founder and owner Peter Friesen.
Ferry rounded out its business with FSP's main line of clamshell rotomolding machines. FSP also made shuttle, turret and rock 'n' roll machines. Ferry makes independent-arm and fixed-turret rotomolders.
Covington said the Manitoba machinery jobs will be phased out during the next 90 days.
"Fortunately, we've been told the job market in that part of Canada's pretty good right now," he said.