Plant closing in Albany; 80 jobs lost
“They kept this a big secret right up until the end,” Albany Village President Larry Hanson said.
Hanson said he found out Tuesday because his wife has worked for the company for 28 years.
“They called my wife at home yesterday while she was on vacation and said they were closing,” he said.
He predicted that the closing would have a definite effect on the village of about 1,200. He said many of the employees are couples.
The facility is Albany’s largest employer. The Janesville Gazette incorrectly reported Wednesday the closure would cost the village eight jobs.
Chromalox, a manufacturer of industrial heating products, said company restructuring is forcing it to close its Ogden Manufacturing facilities in Albany and Orfordville, according to a company news release.
“We need to reduce overhead, consolidate operations and reduce costs so we remain competitive,” said Barbara Lee, marketing communications manager for Chromalox. “It’s a situation a lot of businesses are facing right now.”
Production will move to existing manufacturing locations in Tennessee.
The restructuring also affects about 30 in Orfordville.
Employees were informed of the closings Tuesday and have been given the opportunity to relocate, the release said.
Lee said corporate staff are on site today in Albany.
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.