Alcoa Home Exteriors Inc. will close a newly acquired injection molding operation by June.
Officials did not respond before deadline on how many employees will be affected by the move. The Richwood, Ky., operation employs about 57, but includes some management who will relocate to Alcoa's injection molding facility in Gaffney, S.C.
Pittsburgh-based Alcoa acquired the Kentucky operation in December when it purchased Richwood Building Products Inc., beefing up its building accessories product line. President Gary Acinapura said expansion would be difficult at the 26,000-square-foot, leased site, which is equipped with 13 injection presses with clamping forces of 750-2,500 tons.
``We really wanted to integrate the product lines at Gaffney, which is a much bigger facility,'' Acinapura said in a May 1 interview at Alcoa headquarters. The injection molding operations now will have one management team and one customer service department focusing on products that include shutters, gable vents and fixture mounts.
Alcoa is expanding the South Carolina site, which has been operating since 1969. That location will grow by 15,000 square feet, for a total of 240,000 square feet. Alcoa will add 30 employees in that project, which is to wrap up in June.
Total employment then will reach 185.
Officials said Alcoa has expanded products and equipment at that site and has invested ``several million'' into the operation in the past few years. This is the facility's second major expansion since 1969, when it was just 45,000 square feet. The company plans to introduce custom-size shutters and a new cedar-shingle siding, which will be produced there.
Alcoa has been active in acquisitions during the past few months, nabbing a vinyl extrusion facility in Atlanta from Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning in January. That deal closed last month. The firm employs about 1,800.