December 9, 2019 By P&PC Staff
Valmet is closing its foundry, machine shop and assembly operations at its production centre in Hudson Falls, New York, eliminating 40 jobs.
Declining demand in the pulp and paper industry for the cast iron dryer products manufactured at the Hudson Falls facility led to the decision to shutter the plant, says the company.
The first phased closure will begin in March 2020 and continue until final customer orders are fulfilled in summer 2020.
Approximately 15 employees will transfer to a new product office in nearby Glens Falls, New York to continue to serve customers in North America for the dryer product line and after sales.
Valmet says it is offering employees career guidance and severance to help them through the transition and encourages them to apply for job openings in other parts of the company.
Built in 1858, the Hudson Falls foundry and workshop has supplied the pulp and paper industry with manufactured cast iron dryer heads and cylinders.
In 1997 GL&V took ownership of the site, soon becoming the product centre for drying technologies related to the legacy brands of Sandy Hill and Black-Clawson Kennedy. Valmet acquired the operations as part of its takeover of GL&V in April 2019.
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