Oneida Molded Plastics LLC is consolidating its New York operations, shuttering two buildings in Phoenix, N.Y., and moving those employees and operations to its main facility in Oneida.
The move affects 60 employees, all of whom have been offered jobs at the Oneida plant, about 30 miles away, said President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Potter.
``We are working with all of our employees - their jobs will still exist in Oneida,'' he said, adding that most will make the move.
The consolidation, already under way, will be completed by the end of October, Potter said. The two Phoenix buildings comprise a small molding facility and the firm's Three Rivers Tool plant, together totaling about 35,000 square feet, he said. The company has room at its 90,000-square-foot Oneida headquarters plant to accommodate those operations.
Oneida has been running three shifts daily at both molding plants, and this will allow the company to leverage its employees better and gain more flexibility, Potter said. It also will locate the tool shop under the same roof as the molding operations.
The company considered moving all of its operations south, possibly to a facility in Siler City, N.C. However, Oneida Molded officials lauded the efforts of New York state economic development representatives for helping the firm to stay there.
The current Oneida Molded was created in March 2006 when a group of investors that included management acquired the ORC Plastics Division of Reunion Industries Inc. But the company's roots go back to 1964, when Oneida Molded Plastics was formed to injection mold television connector components for customers such as General Electric Co. and General Instrument Corp. Oneida Molded acquired Arrowhead Industries in 1987, adding the two Phoenix facilities.
Overall, the firm employs more than 180 and runs about 70 injection presses. It offers design, tooling, molding, as well as painting, decorating and assembly. Oneida's end markets include medical equipment, business machines, telecommunications, outdoor recreation and transportation.