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Parker Hannfin to Close Akron Plant

Parker Hannifin’s pneumatic division will close its plant in Akron, OH and transfer manufacturing to other locations, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported on Tuesday.

The facility at 100 Home Ave. in Akron, which employs about 75 people, produces custom pneumatic cylinders used in a wide range of applications. Parker Hannifin has operated the facility since its 1985 purchase of Schrader Bellows, according to the Plain-Dealer.

“The plan allows the division to reduce fixed costs to better manage profitability and remain globally competitive,” the company said in a statement. “Despite significant efforts to improve operation at Home Avenue, the facility is operating at a loss, and the proposed plan results in substantial cost savings.”

Parker Hannifin told the Plain-Dealer that it is engaged in discussions with the United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 294 on the impacts of the closure on about 58 workers represented by the union. 17 office workers are not represented by the UAW. After meeting with union representatives, Parker Hannifin told the newspaper that it plans to offer outplacement assistance and severance packages to workers.

The union said it will work to keep the facility open.

“We’re going to try to negotiate with them to keep the plant open. We’re hoping to put a package together to try to meet their numbers,” said Mike Whitmer, president of UAW Local 294 in the Plain-Dealer.

Workers at the Akron plant were told by the company that they can apply for jobs at other Parker Hannifin facilities in Wadsworth, KY and Revenna, OH, but there is no assurance they will be hired, Whitmer said.

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