Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics announced Oct. 12 it would phase out 90 jobs and move production of fluoropolymer products from Bristol, R.I., to Mexico.
The company, headquartered in Aurora, Ohio, said the Bristol plant employs about 160. It said jobs would be eliminated as the production is transferred and the move would be completed in 2009.
``We appreciate the contributions to our business by our Bristol employees and want to do what we can to help them during this transfer,'' said Donald Stinnett, general manager of the Polymer Products business unit, in a news release.
The timetable for the move is still being worked out, according to communications manager Susan Lindsey. She declined to elaborate on where in Mexico the production would go.
She said the move affects its Rulon line of products. The Rulon line is proprietary material made mostly of polytetrafluoroethylene-based resins, according to Saint-Gobain. The products are used primarily in mechanical, electrical and chemical applications for bearings and components to withstand harsh environments.
Bristol has made Rulon products since 1960. The company does not make the products anywhere else in the United States but has production in Europe and Asia.
Lindsey said the jobs would be eliminated as each part of the relocation is completed.
``In Bristol, the Meldin line will continue to be produced. Also, engineering and quality [research and development] will remain.'' Lindsey said. Meldin-brand products are made from engineered thermoplastics and thermoset polyimides.
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics makes high-performance engineered polymers and has 42 plants in 15 countries. The Polymer Products unit, which includes the Bristol plant, supplies products used by the appliance, semiconductor, aerospace, food-and-beverage, compressor and pump-and-valve markets.
It is part of Cie. de Saint-Gobain, which is the largest distributor of building materials in Europe. It employs more than 200,000 people in 50 countries.