By CATERINA GUINTA
LODI â€” Teknor Apex Co. told employees Monday it is shutting down its operation in the village, leaving 39 employees out of work. Two employees were laid off that day, an employee who wished to remain anonymous said.
â€œRumors have been going on about a year,â€ the employee said Thursday.
The Rhode Island-based company will relocate production to three different U.S. cites and the Lodi plant, Teknor Color Co., will shut down by the end of 2008, a company statement said.
However, some workers were told they would be let go in February 2009, the employee said.
â€œFinancially itâ€™s going to be difficult because I have a number of children,â€ the employee said. â€œBeing there as long as I have, Iâ€™m not going to be making what I make now.â€
Teknor Apex Co. will be closing its Teknor Color Co. plant in Lodi by the end of the year, leaving 39 employees without jobs. Work from Lodi will be moved to three other plants in the United States. (Shirley Ware | Photo Editor)
Teknor Color produces color concentrates for companies that make a wide range of plastic products. For example, the company might have produced the orange for construction barrels.
The plant is closing because of rising costs of energy and raw materials, Bertram Lederer, executive vice president of Teknor Apex, said in a statement.
â€œBy consolidating production in our other plants, we expect to strengthen our business while maintaining service to our existing customers and pursuing new opportunities,â€ he said.
The employee said the company is offering workers a chance to transfer to other plants and employees are looking into that option.
â€œWe put a lot of heart and soul into our job,â€ the employee said.
On Monday when the announcement came, the employee said most of the workers were crying, but now itâ€™s time to cope.
â€œWhatâ€™s done is doneâ€ the employee said. â€œItâ€™s time to move on.â€
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