Saint-Gobain Calmar Inc. will relocate its Lee's Summit, Mo., operations into a new plant that it said will be the world's largest and most efficient facility dedicated to trigger sprayers.
The company, based in City of Industry, Calif., is building a 260,000-square-foot injection molding plant in Grandview, Mo. Calmar will close its three-facility complex in Lee's Summit by the end of the year and move equipment and workers to the modern facility, spokesman William Seiberlich said Feb. 18.
The company did not disclose the exact cost the multimillion-dollar investment.
A move has been considered for the past 18 months, John McKernan, Calmar president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. The Lee's Summit facilities are cramped and opportunities to modernize are limited. While Calmar attempted to stay in Lee's Summit, he said, the firm found it could build a facility in Grandview for less.
The Grandview plant will be highly automated. Its equipment and layout will enhance productivity and efficiency, McKernan said. The city is providing property-tax incentives that help justify the move, he added.
``This is imperative if we expect to remain competitive in what has become an extremely competitive environment,'' McKernan said of the move.
``There is a real challenge from Chinese competitors, and we are committed to meet this challenge with significant investments, outstanding employees and help from local government.''
The new plant will employ about 325, about 100 fewer than worked in Lee's Summit when the facilities were at full capacity, Seiberlich said. Through attrition, and because not all workers will want to move to the new location, significant layoffs will not be needed, he added.