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Plastics Maker to Close China Plant, Open U.S. Site

May 15, 2018
The Aurora, OH site where Philpott Solutions Group will house all of its production assets. Image courtesy of Google Earth
The Aurora, OH site where Philpott Solutions Group will house all of its production assets. Image courtesy of Google Earth

Brunswick, OH-based rubber and plastic parts manufacturer Philpott Solutions Group plans to shutter its operations in China and re-shore production to a new site in the U.S., Crain’s Cleveland Business reported Monday.

“We’re getting out of China,” the firm’s president and chief executive officer Mike Baach told the publication. “We’re bringing those jobs back.”

The company purchased a site in Aurora, OH in September 2016 and launched a six-month renovation project that added about 40,000 sq ft of production space to the existing facility. Three production lines will be housed in the plant. A plastic injection line and a urethane molding line are now operational and Philpott is currently installing a rubber compression molding line.

Philpott’s decision to relocate its production to Aurora stemmed from quality issues with its Chinese partners, Baach said. The company formerly had a facility in Shanghai that sourced some rubber parts from Chinese producers.

Hiring at the facility will be ongoing through the end of the year as shifts are filled. The company expects the plant to become fully operational by mid-2018 to this September.