JOHNSTOWN, Ohio (Oct. 2)—Tech International will disperse its Los Angeles Truflex/Pang operations to other Tech International group facilities within the next year. Tech International, a tire repair and related products manufacturer, acquired Truflex/Pang´s repair, chemical and industrial rubber production operations in September 1998. A company spokesman said the consolidation is due to duplication of function with Tech International and Truflex/Pang´s customer service, manufacturing and purchasing departments. The majority of these operations will be transferred to Tech International´s Johnstown headquarters within the next 60 days, he said. Employees affected by the downsizing at the Los Angeles plant have been offered severance packages or employment opportunities at the Johnstown plant. Tech International will keep its Los Angeles base for warehousing and has a production facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, and three plants in India.