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Freudenberg closing Canadian plant, concentrating North American production in U.S.

Freudenberg Closing Canadian Plant, Concentrating North American Production In U.S.

In a move that many saw as inevitable ever since the opening of its new nonwovens production site in North Carolina, Freudenberg Nonwovens, Chelmsford, MA, has announced plans to close its Cornwall, Ontario, Canada plant by February, 1992. The announcement was made in early July.

Manfred Wennemer, president of Freudenberg Nonwovens, said the move was made to enable the producer of dry laid nonwovens to concentrate its production in the U.S. "We do not need four plants in North America," he said. "We see this as a consolidation and rationalization of manufacturing production in North America made possible by the new capacity in North Carolina." Freudenberg Nonwovens' other manufacturing sites are in Lowell, MA, Lexington, KY and Durham, NC.

The 50 million sq. meter annual capacity Durham facility went on-stream in late spring producing dry laid nonwovens for apparel interlining. It effectively increased the company's North American capacity by 30%, making the Canadian facility expendable. The company had already indicated that any further expansions in the region would take place in Kentucky or North Carolina. The Cornwall plant, the smallest of the four North American facilities, also specialized in dry laid nonwovens for apparel and industrial products.

Mr. Wennemer said the plant will be closed in orderly phases culminating in a complete shut down by early next year. Offers have been made to plant personnel to relocate to the U.S. plants. Freudenberg's Canadian sales offices, however, will remain in Montreal.
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Title Annotation:Freudenberg Nonwovens; Cornwall, Ontario factory closing
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Date:Sep 1, 1991
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