AVILLA, IND. - Milacron Inc., in a cost-cutting move, is relocating the Autojectors vertical injection press headquarters from Avilla to Batavia, Ohio, home of Milacron's Plastics Technologies Group.
Two years ago, Autojectors transferred assembly operations from Indiana to Batavia. The current relocation includes headquarters staff, sales and spare parts.
Milacron is not planning an immediate sale of the 5-year-old, 50,000-square-foot building in Avilla. Milacron said it is exploring several options for the plant.
``This move is in keeping with Milacron's recently stated goal to consolidate some operations for greater cost efficiency and synergy,'' Bill Gruber, president of Ferromatik Milacron North America, said in a news release.
Autojectors specializes in vertical-clamp injection molding presses, which are used to do insert molding of parts such as electrical connectors.
The operation also sells a horizontal injection press called the Indigo, which is assembled at Milacron's factory in Ahmedabad, India.
``Autojectors will continue to operate as a separate business, with its key people in engineering, sales, service, manufacturing and technical support transferring to Batavia,'' Gruber said. ``By consolidating Autojectors' operations in Batavia, we reduce our cost structure and improve the utilization of the better facility in Batavia.''
The news follows Milacron's July 27 announcement that it planned to close several small manufacturing plants in North America and lay off more workers, in a bid to reduce costs by about $15 million to $18 million this year.
Milacron said it would target small operations in both its plastics machinery and metalworking supplies units.
Plastics machinery makers say the current U.S. market is the worst in a decade.
No information was immediately available about any job reductions that might result from the Autojectors move.