Nearly 200 Jobs to be Lost in Plant Closure

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Nearly 200 employees at the Merillat Plant in Jackson, Ohio will soon be out of a job.

According to a press release from Masco Cabinetry, Merillat manufacturing will close over the next several months.

The company says 168 hourly employees and 12 salary employees will be impacted by the closure.

Masco Cabinetry President Rick Roetken said, “Masco Cabinetry has continued to evaluate our manufacturing needs, processes and strategy. Deciding to close a facility is never easy, but doing so will allow for greater efficiencies within the Company overall."

When asked what this closure meant to the city, Jackson Mayor Randy Heath said it leaves them with, "200 skilled, hardworking people that are looking for employment."

He says finding employment for the veteran employees who have been at Merillat for 20-30 years will be difficult.

Heath tells that Masco has been shutting down a number of its facilities over the past few years, including Mills Pride in Waverly, which impacted nearly 1,000 workers.

WSAZ reported about the same plant in 2009, when it cut a total of 39 jobs during two rounds of layoffs.

The facility opened in 1976 to produce solid oak front frames.

The company says, as the closure timeline progresses, they will identify the facilities that will assume Jackson’s production responsibilities and the related process transitions to ensure we continue meeting our customers’ needs.

Masco Cabinetry will entertain legitimate offers for the purchase of the facility. Eligible employees will be provided severance benefits and outplacement assistance from Masco Cabinetry. Outplacement resources will be available proactively at the plant and on an as needed basis as it ramps down production.

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