Wapak’s AMETEK plant to close


By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



WAPAKONETA — AMETEK Westchester Plastics is closing its Wapakoneta facility on March 31, the company confirmed in a Jan. 27 Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act notice to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The plant closure will affect about 78 employees, who will be laid off between March 31 and June 30, according to the WARN notice.

Fifty-seven employees will be terminated within 14 days of the plant closure, while the remaining employees will be laid off in phases to help close the facility.

Company representatives recently met with the Local 766 United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Union, which represents hourly employees at the 14097 Cemetery Road plant, according to the WARN notice.

Company representatives did not immediately return requests for comment from The Lima News on Wednesday.

AMETEK Westchester Plastics melts plastic blends, a process known as compounding, used to make products for the automotive, packaging, consumer products, appliances and construction industries, according to the company’s website.

Originally founded as Westchester Plastics, the company started as a small, privately held resin processor in Westchester County, New York, according to the company’s website. Westchester Plastics, now headquartered in Pennsylvania, opened its Wapakoneta plant in 1959 to serve customers in the Midwest and South. The company was acquired in 1968 by AMETEK, a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical products.

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By Mackenzi Klemann

mklemann@limanews.com

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

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