Rubbermaid Home Products Group is closing a 292-employee plant in Cleburne, Texas, and plans to cut 85 jobs at its Wooster, Ohio, plant in the first quarter of 2004.
Work done in Cleburne will be transferred to a larger Rubbermaid site in Greenville, Texas, according to a Nov. 20 news release.
``The company has increased efficiency and capacity at all its plants,'' Cleburne site human resources manager Randy Cavasos said in the release.
``Our division has determined that running both [the Cleburne and Greenville] facilities independently is no longer feasible,'' Cavasos said.
The Cleburne closing leaves Rubbermaid with nine plants in North America.
Earlier in the week, Rubbermaid spokeswoman Keri Butler said the Wooster action is the result of blow molding work being moved. Two undisclosed Rubbermaid sites are being considered.
``This is really a more efficient way to do manufacturing,'' Butler said by phone Nov. 20. ``We have the ability to do blow molding at other places.''
The Wooster site is working to recover from a Nov. 12 tornado that damaged part of the plant's roof. About 80 workers remain off work for an undetermined time until repairs are made, she said.
Rubbermaid, a unit of Atlanta-based Newell Rubbermaid Inc., currently employs 1,200 at its Wooster headquarters. Home Products is one of Rubbermaid's six business groups.