JM Eagle is closing two of its recently acquired plastic pipe plants and cutting staff levels at two others.
The firm will close operations in Glenwood, Ore., and West Jordan, Utah, JM Eagle management revealed in an e-mailed statement. It also will curtail production at plants in Conroe, Texas, and Buckhannon, W.Va.
All four facilities were owned by PW Eagle Inc. J-M Manufacturing Co. bought PW Eagle on June 22 for $400 million, in a deal that combined the two largest makers of PVC pipe.
``The plants being closed are generally older facilities that have not been operating at top efficiency, and are in close proximity to more technologically advanced plants,'' the company said. ``Over the next few months, JM Eagle will shift production from these older plants to newer facilities.''
Glenwood is near Eugene, Ore., the site of PW Eagle's headquarters office. The Eugene office, which employs 50, is not slated for closure.
While all four plants will be reducing staff during the next 60 days, Conroe and Buckhannon each will continue to run two extrusion lines, JM Eagle said.
Although a company spokeswoman told Plastics News the Buckhannon plant will remain open, a report in Buckhannon's The Inter-Mountain newspaper said the company told employees the plant will close by the end of the year.
The newspaper report quoted a prepared statement from Kevin Wood, president of the United Steelworkers local, and said the shutdown will mean a loss of 75 jobs. JM Eagle officials could not be reached to clarify why the union is saying the plant will close, and Wood could not be reached.
In Glenwood, 56 workers will lose their jobs, according to a report by the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper.
When J-M Manufacturing bought PW Eagle, PW Eagle became a wholly owned subsidiary of J-M Manufacturing, but the combined operations now are known as JM Eagle. The head offices for both companies remain open, but J-M's Livingston, N.J., office is the headquarters for the combined operations.
After the closures, JM Eagle will be left with 23 U.S. plants. Other former PW Eagle plants are in Hastings, Neb.; Cameron Park and Perris, Calif.; Tacoma and Sunnyside, Wash.; Columbia, Mo.; Visalia, Calif.; and Tulsa, Okla.
Plants brought to the table by J-M Manufacturing are in Fontana and Stockton, Calif.; Cochranton, Pa.; Wilton, Iowa; Magnolia, Ark.; Batchelor, La.; Pueblo, Colo.; Adel, Ga.; Butner, N.C.; Winnebago, Minn.; McNay, Ore.; Wharton, Texas; and Kingman, Ariz.
J-M Manufacturing had estimated extrusion sales of $1.4 billion last year. PW Eagle's sales were $714.1 million.