137 could be laid off if Youngstown Parker Hannifin plant closes

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Representatives from Parker Hannifin’s Gear Pump Division in Youngstown met with United Steel Workers Local 2332 Thursday to discuss a proposal to close the plant, a Parker Hannifin representative confirmed.

Aidan Gormley, director of Global Communications and Branding at Parker Hannifin, said the meeting was held to discuss any issues which may have been raised by the union regarding the closure of the plant, located on Intertech Drive in Youngstown. No final decision has been made, but employees have been notified, he confirmed via email.

The closure proposal, which would be implemented over the next 18 months, would affect approximately 107 associates represented by the United Steelworkers Union Local 2332 and approximately 30 office associates.

The factory makes hydraulic gear pumps, primarily for use in heavy equipment for the agriculture, construction, military and mining industries.

Gormley cited a weak market as the reason for the closure of the local plant.

“Ongoing weakness in these key end markets and increased global competition means that current and anticipated demand can no longer support the manufacturing capacity here,” he said.

Gormley said the company will continue to meet with the union during this process.

There are 22 associates at a separate R&D facility in Youngstown who are not part of the proposal, and those associates will remain at their current location. The Gear Pump division is part of Parker’s Hydraulics Group.

Meanwhile, Youngstown city officials are waiting to hear from executives as to the potential impact the closure could have on the area.


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