Eaton Corp. is integrating its recently acquired Boston Weatherhead business with its fluid power segment.
In a plan announced Jan. 14, Eaton said it will close a Teflon hose plant in Ludlow, Mass., in the third quarter and another hose plant in Norwood, N.C., in the fourth quarter. The two plants employ a total of about 125, said spokesman Gary Klason. The company also will close the former Boston Weatherhead administration office in Brentwood, Tenn.
Eaton acquired the majority of Boston Weatherhead's industrial hose and fitting operations in November for $130 million from Dana Corp. of Toledo, Ohio. Boston Weatherhead had 2001 sales of $207 million.
The Ludlow plant, formerly known as Dana Everflex, made hoses similar to those made at a 75,000-square-foot Eaton facility in Middlesex, N.C. Klason said both plants had excess capacity, so the operations will be combined in Middlesex. The hoses are used in the automotive, aerospace and government markets.
Operations from the Norwood plant will move to a facility in Newbern, Tenn.
Employees were notified of the changes Jan. 14.
Cleveland-based Eaton said it will provide severance packages and job counseling to eligible employees, and workers also are eligible to apply for some jobs that will be added through the integration process.
Eaton also announced that the Boston Weatherhead metal fittings and hose assembly operations in Dana's Pelahatchie, Miss., and Antwerp, Ohio, facilities will move to a new plant in Gainesboro, Tenn. It will be run by the existing management at the Eaton Hydraulics plant in Gainesboro. The Mississippi and Ohio plants remain the property of Dana, but had been doing contract work for Eaton.
Eaton Corp is a $7.3 billion business with 48,000 employees.