Creative Engineered Polymer Products LLC is closing half its U.S. plants to match capacity with a slump in automotive-related sales.
Creative Engineered will shutter three plants in Ohio and one in Michigan, affecting injection molding and blow molding operations employing about 590.
``We have eight manufacturing facilities [in the United States], each of which is very underutilized,'' said Creative Engineered director of human resources Cindy Brumbaugh, in a telephone interview. The company has found it difficult to make a profit with so much excess overhead, she explained.
Creative Engineered's Crestline, Ohio, facility, a custom injection molder employing about 180, will close in about two months. The firm's Canton, Ohio, plant with 165 workers does blow molding and also will shut down in November, as will its Vandalia, Ohio, 88-person blow molding operation. Another blow molding plant, in Lapeer, Mich., is slated to close in October, eliminating 157 jobs.
Brumbaugh said it is too early to say where Creative Engineered will relocate work from the shuttered plants. At the least, it must get customer approval for the relocations.
Three existing U.S. injection molding facilities will continue running in Belleville, Mich.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Bishopville, S.C. As well, a rubber-processing plant in Middlefield, Ohio, is slated to remain open.
In Mexico, Creative Engineered operates injection molding plants in Chihuahua and Hermosillo.
Creative Engineered, based in Akron, Ohio, counts automotive, construction and medical industries as key markets. It reported injection molding sales of $154 million for 2005 and blow molding sales of about $40 million for 2004, according to Plastics News survey rankings.