Paddle sport equipment maker Confluence Holdings Corp. of Trinity, N.C., is consolidating all of its operations in Easley, S.C., home of the Watermark paddle-sports division it acquired in May.
The move means that Confluence's 200,000-square foot facility in Trinity will close by Aug. 19, the company said in a news release. The closing affects 120 employees, who were notified June 16. Those employees can fill out applications for positions in Easley, officials said.
``After an extensive review, which evaluated the total operations, it became apparent that consolidating into the Easley facility was the best option for the company to grow and capitalize on the acquisition,'' said Rich Feehan, chief executive officer of Confluence Watersports, in a news release.
Confluence has operated the Trinity facility since 1997, expanding it in 1999 with a $2 million investment that included five rotational molding machines from NW Rotofab Inc. of Middletown, Pa. Confluence now has eight rotomolding machines and various other capabilities, including thermoforming.
Confluence manufactured product for several product lines at that plant, including Mad River Canoe, Wilderness Systems touring and recreational kayaks, Wave Sport white-water kayaks, WindRider sailing trimarans and Voyageur water-sports accessories brands.
It will sell the Trinity plant, spokesman Michael Collin said in a July 7 e-mail response.
Watermark's facility in Easley has roughly 300 employees, according to Plastics News' 2004 ranking of North American Rotational Molders, with 10 rock 'n' roll machines.
Watermark's paddle-sports division includes touring and white-water kayaks sold under Perception and Dagger brands, Mainstream recreational kayaks, Harmony paddle-sports accessories and AT Paddles.