Mississauga, ON — Tsubaki of Canada and U.S. Tsubaki, both subsidiaries of Japan-based Tsubakimoto Chain Company, have announced a plan to close the U. S. Tsubaki sprocket manufacturing facility in Bennington, Vt., during 2004 and to consolidate Bennington production at Tsubaki of Canada Ltd. facilities in Mississauga, Ont.
U.S. Tsubaki senior vice-president of corporate affairs, Mike Manty, indicated that Tsubakimoto Chain Company intends to consolidate its North American sprocket manufacturing business in Canada as part of its sprocket growth strategy. "By combining our sprocket manufacturing within the Tsubaki Canada organization, we expect to be able to improve our competitive position while increasing our focus on this important market segment," said Manty.
The Bennington facility has been operated by U.S. Tsubaki since 1977. Manty said company regrets having to make the decision to close the plant: "The Bennington plant has been a part of U.S. Tsubaki for a long time and we regret any hardship that this decision will create for our employees and the community".
The company will comply with all requirements of the U.S. Workers Adjustment Retraining Notification Act (WARN) that requires employers to provide 60 days notice of a plant closure. In addition to the pay required of the WARN Act, Bennington employees will be eligible for severance pay based on their length of service with the Company.
As part of this announced consolidation, Tsubaki of Canada’s plant at 1630 Drew Rd. in Mississauga will make a significant investment in equipment and expects to add more than 40 new positions.
Jos Sueters, vice-president of Tsubaki of Canada, said "the additional production volume will allow Tsubaki of Canada to make more efficient use of its current facilities and equipment. The addition of new employees and equipment will allow us to grow both our domestic and export business".
Sueters said that the company expects to have the transfer completed by mid-year 2004.
Tsubaki of Canada was established in 1973 and is a supplier of chain, sprockets and power transmission products to the Canadian Market. In 1997 it began exporting large ANSI- and engineering-class sprockets to the U.S.
With this consolidation, Tsubaki of Canada will become Tsubakimoto’s primary sprocket manufacturing facility in North America.