United Plastics Group Inc. plans to close two more custom injection molding plants to concentrate on faster-growing regions.
The firm said Jan. 14 it will close facilities in Brooksville, Fla., and Montreal by April 15. The operations employ 117.
``In this current economic environment, it is necessary for [United Plastics Group] to aggressively cut costs in areas that will allow us to remain competitive in pursuit of growth opportunities with our customers,'' said Chief Executive Officer Shannon White.
The closures will follow on the heels of plant shutdowns on Dec. 31 in Gladewater and Pharr, Texas.
United will transfer work from Brooksville and Montreal to its plants in Chicopee, Mass., and Anaheim, Calif.
Montreal specializes in molding miniature parts and accounts for about 1.2 percent of annual sales. It employs 33 and runs 31 presses, most of which will be shipped to Anaheim after its closure.
The Brooksville plant mainly molds automotive and industrial parts for customers in the Southeast, White said by telephone. It employs 83 and runs 24 presses.
While United consolidates in some markets, it is expanding in other regions to be poised for growth when the economy rebounds, according to White. The firm completed a move to a larger facility in El Paso, Texas, in mid-December to capitalize on opportunities in Mexico. It now occupies 62,000 square feet in El Paso, where its former plant had 37,000 square feet of space.
United, of Westmont, Ill., said it soon will elaborate on a molding plant it plans to open in Shanghai, China, at the end of the current fiscal quarter. White gave few details about the project, but he said the plant will include assembly and decorating capabilities.