Booneville manufacturer to close

BOONEVILLE – Almost 50 people will lose their jobs in Booneville when the Fortis Plastics plant closes at the end of the month.
Company spokeswoman Erica Bartsch confirmed Thursday afternoon that the Indiana-based company has decided to consolidate the Booneville and Jackson, Tenn., operations at its Jackson plant.
The Tennessee plant is near Whirlpool, which is Fortis’ largest client.
“Operationally it makes the most sense,” she said.
She said several of the 48 employees were given the option to transfer to the Jackson plant.
“Some accepted and some didn’t,” she said.
Bartsch said the Booneville plant is still in operation, but will close by the end of the month. She wasn’t able to provide an exact date for the closing or when employment for workers would end.
The Booneville plant previously was SCP Plastics. It is now owned by New York City-based Monomoy Capital Partners, which formed Fortis in 2008 by purchasing the plastics division of Leggett & Platt and the molded plastics division of Atlantis Plastics.
Not including Booneville, the company has four U.S. plants and one in Mexico.
The changes in plant operations are nothing new for Fortis.
In February, the company announced an expansion at its Arkansas plant that would add 77 jobs, according to TheCityWire.com in Arkansas.
In January, Fortis consolidated operations of two plants in Indiana and idled a third plant to use as a distribution center. In late 2008, Fortis closed two plants in LaVergne, Tenn., and Alamo, Texas, according to Plastic News.

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