Blow molding machinery maker Krones Inc. continues to consolidate operations it has acquired in recent years and announced the opening of Krones Process Group North America.
Christopher Larson, controller for Franklin, Wis.-based Krones, called the moves "an evolutionary next step" since its acquisitions of U.S. processing technology companies W.M. Sprinkman Corp. in 2018, Javlyn Process Systems in 2017 and Transmarket LLC in 2016.
As part of the launch, Krones will close Sprinkman's facility in Waukesha, Wis., and consolidate those operations into the latter's Elkton, Wis., site and Trans-Market's location in Tampa.
About 30 workers at the Waukesha site will lose their jobs beginning in December, Larson said in an Oct. 6 notice to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The company will continue some administrative, sales and engineering operations in the Waukesha/Milwaukee areas, according to the notice.
Parent company Krones AG of Neutraubling, Germany, announced in 2019 that it would cut 300-500 jobs worldwide this year, mainly administrative positions. It employs more than 17,000, producing PET blow molding machines, and turnkey filling and packaging lines