Avilla orthopedic plant to shut doors

March 31st, 2015

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March 31, 2015 1:03 AM

Avilla orthopedic plant to shut doors

129 Tecomet workers face layoffs

Chris Meyers The Journal Gazette

Nearly 130 people could lose their jobs by the end of the year in Avilla, following the announcement of the pending closure of a medical implant production facility.

Symmetry Medical Inc. announced Monday evening that the Avilla facility would be one of two United States locations to close in the near future.

The Avilla location employs 129 people, according to a statement from Tecomet, which bought Symmetry’s equipment manufacturing business last year.

A series of layoffs will begin mid-summer, culminating in the closure of the plant at the end of the year, Tecomet said in a prepared statement.

The facility makes orthopedic implants and instruments, according to the Tecomet website.

A Warsaw company, Symmetry Medical sold its original equipment manufacturing business to Massachusetts-based Tecomet in December. The other facility slated for closure is in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which will close in March of next year, the company said.

Both facilities struggled to make a profit during the last several years, Tecomet said.

Work will be transferred to other existing locations, according to a statement about the closing.

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