AKRON (June 1) — Myers Industries Inc. of Akron, Ohio, is closing three injection molding plants in North America, laying off 337 workers at two sites in the U.S. and one in Canada.
The manufacturer today announced plans to close plants in Brampton, Ontario; Lugoff, S.C.; and Dawson Springs, Ky., by the year-end.
"The decision to close any facility is extremely difficult," Myers President John Orr said in a news release. "But to remain competitive and position the business for the future, it is absolutely critical that we further consolidate work across our facilities to fully utilize our high-speed molding capacity, reduce operating costs and achieve greater efficiency gains."
A Myers spokesman said production will be moved to other facilities, but the locations have yet to be determined.
The 209,000-sq.-ft. Dawson Springs site employs 95 and makes plastic reusable hand-held containers. The Brampton and Lugoff plants were part of ITML Horticultural Products Inc., which Myers bought earlier this year. Brampton employed 170, and Lugoff had 72. Both plants make nursery containers, specialty retail horticultural products and custom plastic products.
Myers last month agreed to be acquired by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. of New York for $22.50 per share in cash. Officials had started last year on a plan to consolidate facilities.