Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. plans to close a specialty tape plant in New Haven, Conn., by the end of the year.
The Wayne company plans to begin laying off employees in June and will relocate coating and silicone rubber processing equipment to Hoosick Falls, N.Y., according to spokeswoman Susan Lindsey, who spoke in a telephone interview.
The company has an agreement related to the work shift with the United Steelworkers of America, which represents 44 employees in New Haven.
The New Haven operation makes pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes using PET, polyimide, glass fiber and other substrates for a range of demanding industrial applications in automotive, aerospace and other markets.
The plant employs 66 and also manufactures silicone sponge rubber.
``This restructuring allows us to improve our cost structure amid increasing global competitive pressures, and bring very similar operations into one facility,'' said Steve Hutter, general manager of Saint-Gobain's specialty films and tapes business unit.
Saint-Gobain has two facilities in Hoosick Falls.
Its Liberty Street plant will build a 10,000-square-foot addition to accommodate machinery and equipment moved from New Haven.
The 165 employees in Hoosick Falls make pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes and high-performance films.
The company closed a tubing plant in Sparta, N.J., in February to reduce costs.