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Parker Hannifin to close New Haven plant in 2016

July 23rd, 2015

News Coverage:

Parker Hannifin to close New Haven plant in 2016

By 21Alive News
By Paige Barile - 21Alive
By Jeff Neumeyer

July 23, 2015 Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 5:32 PM EDT
NEW HAVEN, Ind. (21Alive) --Trying to make the best of a bad situation.

150 workers at a New Haven manufacturing operation are going to lose their jobs in a plant shutdown. But a local employment official says the prospect of those people finding a replacement job is good.

The payroll at a Parker Hannifin facility on Rose Avenue in New Haven will be eliminated within 12 months. The company claims that the current and projected demand for whats made at the plant does not justify keeping the doors open past next summer.The factory turns out hose fittings and other parts for precision cooling systems.

Northeast Indiana Works says there will be opportunities for the displaced workers to catch on with other manufacturers.

We asked one of the plant's employees if his 18 years with Parker Hannifin were generally good ones.

"Yeah, I mean, it's just the people, you know, we're pretty much all family right now, because we've all been here forever. I should possibly be here until the first of the year, but we'll see, we'll know more next week, I guess," said Phil Dady.

While the closing is regrettable, we view this as an opportunity, there are many, many jobs that are open right now in Northeast Indiana, particularly in the manufacturing sector, so it's our expectation that manufacturers will be lining up to hire these workers," said Rick Farrant, with Northeast Indiana Works.

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald released a statement, saying he's deeply saddened by the news of the 150 lost jobs with Parker Hannifin. He pledged that he will aggressively seek to find another company to fill the building soon to be vacated.

In the latest announcement, the manufacturing will be transferred to other Parker Hannifin facilities in Tennessee and Missouri.

The company also states that it is committed to easing the transition for all employees, including service pay, 90 days company paid medical coverage and outplacement services.

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