Epco LLC will close its longtime home in Fremont and relocate to a sister plant in Michigan run by Brown Machine LLC at the end of the year.
Brown Machine President Bryan Redman confirmed the move Oct. 9 in a statement issued by him and Epco President Alice Buechele.
Epco, a remanufacturer of plastics processing machines and die-cast machinery, and Brown, a maker of thermoforming equipment, are owned by Chicago investment firm Madison Capital Partners.
Epco employs about 30 people in Fremont, in northwestern Ohio. Beaverton, home of the 172,000-square-foot Brown factory, is 150 miles north of Detroit, near Midland, Mich.
``We have enough positions available in Beaverton to accommodate all the Epco employees that have interest in moving to Michigan.'' Redman wrote in an e-mail. ``We already have a number of them that have committed to staying with Epco and unfortunately some that have no interest in moving to Beaverton.'' He did not break out numbers.
Epco and Brown long have worked together to share engineering, manufacturing and technical expertise, according to the news release.