Nordson Corp. is closing a design and development facility in Marlborough, Mass., over the next year.
The closing will affect 60 workers, although some may have opportunities to stay with the company at other locations, Lara Mahoney, vice president of investor relations, said in a telephone interview with Plastics News.
Westlake, Ohio-based Nordson acquired the facility in 2017 when it bought Vention Medical's advanced technologies business. That business designs and makes minimally invasive interventional delivery devices, catheters and advanced components for the global medical technology market.
Nordson Medical has a facility 40 miles from Marlborough in Salem, N.H., which was also previously part of Vention.
"Nordson Medical has been acquiring and growing quite a bit the past few years," Mahoney said. The decision to close Marlborough was made "to ensure we have the most efficient footprint."
The facility designs and develops medical devices, and it also does a small amount of manufacturing. Work will shift primarily to existing Nordson Medical facilities in Minnesota and Ireland. The company will work with customers on a timeline for the transition. The plant is scheduled to fully close by September 2021, Mahoney said.
Workers will be offered transitional support including severance, health care and outplacement assistance, she said.
Nordson, which is publicly traded, has two operating divisions: Industrial Precision Solutions and Advanced Technology Solutions. Both include plastics operations, and both have been growing through acquisition.
The ATS unit includes the medical business. Most recently, in June, it purchased Easton, Pa.-based Fluortek Inc., a custom tubing extruder.
Plastics businesses in the IPS unit include Xaloy screws and barrels, EDI flat dies and BKG pelletizers and melt delivery systems.
Nordson reported $538 million in sales for the quarter that ended July 31, down 4 percent from the same period a year ago.