GOSHEN, Ind. (Aug. 29)—Parker Hannifin Corp. is reducing the hourly workforce at its Goshen rubber facility by about 140 as it moves O-ring production to other company facilities in the U.S. and abroad. The moves are part of the company's consolidation of operations in the wake of its purchase of Wynn's International Inc. in July 2000. Wynn's rubber-related businesses, including the former Goshen Rubber Co., were integrated into Parker's Seal Group, which has undergone a major reshuffling since the acquisition. Parker is consolidating its O-ring production into other company plants that have more technically advanced equipment where the firm can "better serve our customers," a company spokesman said. The Goshen plant also is over capacity, he said. Becky Teal, president of United Steelworkers Local 650 said Parker told the union the current state of the economy was a factor for the layoffs as well as the company's shifting of work to other plants. But even if the economy recovers, the job losses likely are permanent, she said. The process should be completed by Sept. 30. Between 20 and 25 people are opting for an early retirement package or quitting.
Parker cuts O-ring production, employees at Goshen plant
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