SOUTH BEND, IND. (Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m. ET) — Fortis Plastics LLC plans to shutter its Poplar Bluff, Mo., facility, according to a WARN letter, filed with the state Oct. 21.
In the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification letter the company said that 142 workers face layoffs with the plant's Dec. 2 closure. The company did not return a call for comment.
A story in the Daily American Republic said that a Briggs Stratton Corp. facility in Polar Bluff had worked out a contingency plan in case a supplier like Fortis Plastics stopped providing parts. However, the Briggs & Stratton corporate office declined comment.
For Fortis Plastics, this marks the second time in a week that it is in the news for a planned plant closure. Last week, the company filed notice in Fort Smith, Ark., that its facility there with 93 employees faced possible closure during the Nov. 4-18 time period, according to city administrator Ray Gosack.
Fortis Plastics,, which is currently headquartered in South Bend, Ind., formed in late 2008 when Monomoy Capital Partners LP of New York combined the Leggett & Platt Inc. plastics division and the Atlantis Plastics LLC. A lot of the Atlantis work was as a supplier to Whirlpool Corp.
Since that time, the company has closed six plants: Elkhart, Ind.; LaVergne, Tenn.; Alamo, Texas; Brownsville, Texas; Booneville, Miss.; and Henderson, Ky.
The company has also purchased two plants in Mexico: one in Ramos Arizpe, from Moll Industries; and one in Chihuahua from Nypro Inc.