Thomas & Betts Corp. is consolidating its one-piece nylon cable-tie production by shuttering a plastics facility in Orange, eliminating 150 jobs and moving the work to a facility in Portland, Tenn.
The publicly traded company, which is based in Memphis, Tenn., said in a news release that all affected employees have been notified and that it expects operations in Orange to conclude by July 15.
``The decision to close a facility is never made lightly,'' said Tim Coates, vice president of operations of Thomas & Betts Electrical Division, in the release.
He noted the Portland facility uses the same technology and processes, has space to accommodate additional production equipment and is closer to its central distribution center in Byhalia, Miss. The move is an effort to streamline operations and improve productivity, he added.
T&B has operated the Orange facility since 1995, when it acquired Catamount Industries. It makes the one-piece cable ties for industrial and commercial applications.
T&B also operates smaller divisions for tubular steel structures, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning products.