Injection molder Plastech Corp. plans to move production from its plant in Amery, Wis., to its other facility, in Rush City, Minn., by July 4. Plastech plans to sell the Amery plant.
Pam McLain, human resources director for the Forest Lake, Minn., company, said the 6-year-old plant in Amery was constructed with the hopes of expanding there. Because of factors such as overseas competition, that never happened.
The 110,000-square-foot facility's closure will affect 120 workers. She said it is too early to tell how many might make the move to Rush City, about 50 miles away.
The 275,000-square-foot Rush City facility employs about 300. Some 15 of the Amery plant's 29 machines will move to Rush City, McLain said.
Minneapolis-based investment banking firm Goldsmith-Agio-Helms is marketing the Amery property, which also features an underground utility corridor and a Motan central materials-handling system.
``We're hoping for the best of both worlds - that the new employer will not only [buy] the business but will also offer jobs for the existing employees,'' she added.
The Amery plant had housed smaller machines, with up to 300 tons of clamping force, while the Rush City plant had larger machines. The Amery plant handled decorating, assembly and specialized packaging.
After the presses are moved in, Rush City will operate about 40 machines with clamping forces of 35-1,500 tons, McLain said.
The site has assembly and warehousing capabilities and has processes in gas-assist molding, hot-plate and sonic welders, and hot stamping and pad printing.