PULASKI (WSLS 10) - On Friday, Nordson Corporation announced it's combining its existing screw and barrel operations in Pulaski; Youngstown, Ohio and New Castle, Penn. into a single manufacturing center in Austintown, Ohio.
About 148 people work at the Pulaski plant, according to Pulaski's Economic Development Director.
Nordson acquired the Pulaski operation in 2012, although the plant began operations in 1971.
"We expect this initiative to drive efficiencies in manufacturing processes, decrease lead times, enhance customer service, improve competitiveness and accelerate growth," said John Keane, Nordson Corporate Senior Vice President. "Our plan is for Austintown to join similar regional hubs for our screw and barrel products in Thailand and Germany. No other single supplier will be able to provide the polymer industry with such localized service on a global scale."
Nordson expects the transition to an existing facility in Austintown to be completed over the next 18 months, subject to the conclusion of customary negotiations with local and state officials.
The transition will occur in stages to minimize any potential impact to current customers. Planned investments in the facility over the period include upgraded bi-metallic processing and machining systems to improve product quality, precision and throughout.
The majority of positions in the existing Pulaski, Youngstown and New Castle facilities will transfer to the Austintown facility.
About 260 people will be employed in Austintown. Nordson will be actively recruiting for any positions not being filled by current employees.