CLEVELAND (Jan. 15)—Eaton Corp. said it will close two hose manufacturing plants and a corporate headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn., in 2003 to integrate Boston Weatherhead into Eaton's Fluid Power segment. Eaton will close its hose facility in Norwood, N.C., by the end of the fourth quarter, and consolidate production into the Newbern, Tenn., hose plant that was obtained through Eaton's November purchase of Dana Corp.'s Boston Weatherhead division, a company statement said. Eaton will close a Boston Weatherhead hose factory in Ludlow, Mass., and transfer production to Eaton's Middlesex, N.C., hose facility. Additionally, the Boston Weatherhead metal fittings and hose assembly operations located in Dana's Pelahatchie, Miss., and Antwerp, Ohio, facilities, will move to a plant Eaton recently acquired in Gainesboro, Tenn. Boston Weatherhead's corporate offices in Brentwood also will close, with various administrative functions at the office being absorbed into a few Eaton locations. The number of jobs cut as a result of the closings and consolidation was undisclosed.
Eaton to close facilities, consolidate as part of Boston Weatherhead integration
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