With its plants operating below capacity, Newell Rubbermaid Inc. is closing the injection molding operation at its Graco factory in Macedonia, Ohio, cutting 123 jobs.
The Graco Children's Products Inc. unit, which makes children's car seats, will continue to assemble them in Macedonia. Newell Rubbermaid will move the site's injection presses to its molding factory just 25 miles away in Mogadore, Ohio, near Akron.
We have made a decision to focus our plastic molding operations in Mogadore, and focus the assembly of car seats in Macedonia, spokeswoman Connie Bryant said in a statement.
The Graco layoffs will run from October through the end of the year, said Newell Rubbermaid's senior human resources manager, Michael Shearer, in a letter filed with the state of Ohio under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act.
Graco will begin to permanently cease molding operations and reduce the number of assembly platforms in its Macedonia, Ohio, facility, Shearer wrote in the WARN Act letter. Most of the laid-off employees are assembly/ molding operators and process/ mold technicians.
Two-thirds of the 123 workers are represented by the United Steelworkers of America Local 48U. Union workers may have bumping rights to take other jobs at the Macedonia plant, Newell Rubbermaid said.
A union official did not return a call for this story.
Newell Rubbermaid also will consolidate outside warehouse space back into the Macedonia plant for product distribution.
The consumer products maker announced the Ohio manufacturing reorganization in June. In recent years, both Macedonia and Mogadore have been operating below capacity, Bryant said.
Newell Rubbermaid of Sandy Springs, Ga., is working on a massive restructuring plan that has shut 17 plants and sold 19 others.
In 2005, Newell Rubbermaid closed Graco's other injection molding plant, in Elverson, Pa., laying off 350 employees.
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