Trend Technologies LLC of Chino plans to relocate its manufacturing operations from San Jose, Calif., by the end of April to other Trend plants.
``We need to manufacture in a lower-cost area,'' Dale Behm, vice president of Trend's plastics technology group, said by telephone. ``It is too costly'' in San Jose.
Trend informed its San Jose employees of the decision March 23.
``A majority of customers understand the need to relocate and support the decision,'' he said. ``With the continued [economic] downturn in the region, many of our competitors have closed or moved elsewhere,'' Behm said.
Trend owns the 230,000-square-foot San Jose site, which employs fewer than 90. About 15 workers will remain there in sales, engineering and project management, Behm said. Primarily, Trend makes electronic enclosures.
A Trend plant in Longmont, Colo., will absorb some of San Jose's 28 injection molding machines, which have clamping forces of 50-1,650 tons, and its mold-making equipment. Those machines being moved will broaden the base of small-tonnage presses in Longmont.
The Longmont facility also received two newer, 500- to 700-ton presses from a Trend plant in Guadalajara, Mexico, and a two-shot molding machine from Trend's now-closed site in Round Rock, Texas.
The company said it intends to relocate San Jose's metal-stamping and soft-tool fabrication equipment to its Chino plant. Trend has 22 computer numerically controlled turret presses in San Jose.