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Company plans to close Orfordville, Albany facilities

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GINA R. HEINE
April 30, 2008
— As the area adjusts to the General Motors cutback in Janesville, another manufacturer announced Tuesday it would close two facilities in Orfordville and Albany.

Chromalox, a manufacturer of industrial heating products, said company restructuring will force it to close its Ogden Manufacturing facilities in the two small communities west of Janesville, according to a company news release.


Production will move to existing manufacturing locations starting in July. The restructuring decision affects 30 employees in Orfordville and 80 in Albany.


Employees were informed of the closings Tuesday and have been given the opportunity to relocate, the release said.


A company spokesperson did not return a phone call by press time.


Orfordville Village President David Olsen said he was sad to hear of the announcement.


“You hate to see them leave,” he said. “(The plant was) good for the community, good for the people that lived and worked in Orfordville.”


The Orfordville move will start in July with targeted completion in September. The Albany change will begin in August with targeted completion in December.


“Our Wisconsin plants have been consistent contributors to our success, so the decision to close these facilities is extremely difficult,” Jorge Hidalgo, chief operating officer, said in a statement. “However, consolidation of our operations is necessary to maintain our competitive advantage as materials costs rise and market pressures increase.”


Chromalox manufactures electric heat and control products, including heating components, immersion heaters, circulation systems, heat transfer systems, boilers, industrial and comfort air heating, heat trace cables, sensors and precision electronic controls.


The company has manufacturing, engineering, warehousing and sales locations throughout North America and Europe. It is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa.



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