Cosmetics packaging maker Risdon-AMS will shut an injection molding plant in Danbury, Conn., by the end of 2004.
The move by the Watertown firm will affect 210 employees; about 55 will be offered jobs in Waterton and Middletown, N.Y. The shutdown will begin in February.
``Basically this facility was underutilized as a result of changes in the marketplace,'' Risdon President Stephen Pearlman said by phone Dec. 23. The plant molds for the high-end sector, but market changes have forced its product into the mass market.
Risdon has operated the 130,000-square-foot Danbury plant, which it owns, for more than 50 years.
``That business has really shifted,'' Pearlman said. ``This move is being made with mixed emotions. It marks the end of an era for us, as the Danbury facility has played an important part in the long history of our company. At the same time, it is a new beginning and a repositioning for our company to be more competitive in the marketplace.''
Risdon will redistribute operations among sites in Barrie, Ontario; Middletown; and Waterton, where it has metal-stamping operations. Risdon will relocate 12 injection molding machines to those facilities.
The firm opened an assembly plant in Reynosa, Mexico, last year, but Pearlman said the Danbury work will not go there. Risdon employs about 730 in North America, including the Danbury workers.