Hydro to close Kalamazoo, MI and Belton, SC plants
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Hydro announced that it is closing the Kalamazoo, MI and Belton, SC extrusion plants after "a careful and extensive analysis of market capacity requirements and equipment utilization within Hydro's North American extrusion business," the company said.
The last day of operations at the plants will be Jan. 1, 2020 with operations to fully end in the first quarter of 2020.
About 150 employees who work at the Belton plant will be affected, with employees being encouraged to apply for available opportunities at Hydro’s other locations in North America, the company says.
The company also has began the process of retooling and transferring business to other facilities in North America to “minimize the potential impact to customers.”
“Restructuring efforts like this are never easy, but we believe that these closures will better align our extrusion capacity with the North American market and enable us to continue to meet the needs of our customers now and for years to come,” the company says.