Rehrig Pacific Co. closed its Raymond, N.H., injection molding plant, impacting 40 workers, and is moving the equipment and work to the firm's Erie, Pa., facility.
``The changing nature of our customer base led to the consolidation,'' Will Rehrig, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. ``We regret that our New Hampshire plant had to close.''
Vernon, Calif.-based Rehrig Pacific began manufacturing in Raymond in 1977. In a Dec. 9 plant visit, the CEO personally notified Raymond employees about the closure, effective Dec. 31.
``We will be helping our Raymond employees through this obviously tough transition and expect to continue to serve our customers at a high level from our other seven U.S. plants,'' Rehrig said.
The Raymond site manufactured recycling bins, milk crates, soft drink crates and bakery trays, and was a conduit to market products in six New England states and three provinces in eastern Canada.
Rehrig Pacific is moving injection molding presses, automation systems and fixtures to a newly constructed 30,000-square-foot addition to the Erie plant. The facility has about 80 full- and part-time employees, may add 10 positions and some presses with larger clamping forces than those arriving from Raymond.
In addition to Vernon and Erie, family-owned Rehrig Pacific has domestic manufacturing sites in Dallas; DeSoto, Kan.; Lawrenceville, Ga.; Orlando, Fla.; and Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Another plant is located in Queretaro, Mexico.