TAUNTON, Mass. (Jan. 19, 2011)—The auction of equipment at Esterline Technologies Corp.'s closed Haskon Aerospace factory in Taunton went on as scheduled on Jan. 19.
Originally scheduled for Dec. 14, company officials from Kirkhill-TA Co., of which Haskon was a division, granted an extension to union members who had been investigating ways to buy the remaining machinery at the silicone aircraft seal facility and keep it operating. The plant was closed Oct. 26.
Members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 204 had planned an action to stop the global webcast auction of the machinery by Heritage Global Partners. But the union called off the action on Jan. 18 after accepting Haskon's improved severance offer.
“UE Local 204 has stated to its members from the beginning that it would not jeopardize the severance pay unless there was a certainty of gaining control of the presses and equipment,” the union said in a statement. “We do not have that certainty.”
Details of the severance agreement were not released as of presstime.