ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 23, 2012)—H.B. Fuller Co. said it will close seven manufacturing facilities and eliminate about 130 jobs as part of its integration of the recently acquired industrial adhesives business of Forbo Group.
H.B. Fuller said the changes, which will occur in the company's North America Adhesives business segment, are being made as a result of “opportunities to eliminate duplication in manufacturing and redundant services and to harmonize and transform raw material procurement.”
The facilities scheduled for closure by mid-2013 are: Pointe-Claire, Quebec; Morris, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Eugene, Ore.; Jackson, Tenn.; and Dallas, Texas.
These facility closures will be staggered over the next 15 months and will result in about 90 job eliminations. H.B. Fuller will consolidate its North America Adhesives business segment operations within its remaining U.S. facilities in California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Washington.
H.B. Fuller said it will also close the former Forbo corporate and research offices in Morrisville, N.C., and has restructured its field sales and technical teams. These actions will eliminate about 40 positions in business management, customer service, finance, information technology, research and development, and sales.
Selling, general and administrative positions that have not been eliminated will move to other H.B. Fuller locations, and the North Carolina offices will be vacated by February 2013.