GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - During the next 18 months, Haworth will modify operations at three of its West Michigan facilities, with the Douglas plant closing in early 2014, and 400 employees will be offered voluntary severance packages.
The first move involves moving the fabrication and assembly of file products from the Holland Steel Components plant to an existing facility in Big Rapids. The phased-in transition will begin soon and continue through mid-2013.
That move will allow the plant in Douglas to move into open spots in Holland during early 2013. By the end of the first quarter in 2014, the Douglas plant will close.
In this same time period, the painting operation in Holland will switch from a wet coat paint line to a powder coat line. Officials said this will look nicer and is more "environmentally-friendly."
Adam Russo, a marketing associate at Haworth, told 24 Hour News 8 approximately 70 jobs in Holland will move to Big Rapids and the majority of the current 110 jobs currently in Douglas are moving to Holland.
In a statement, company officials said, "Haworth is working hard to put measures in place that should result in no involuntary elimination of any Haworth member's employment."
Russo added Haworth does "not expect all 400 members eligible for the VSO to accept. Given the long-term nature of these changes, we expanded the VSO pool, including those not affected by the realignment, to include a variety of jobs, skills, and locations."
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