Its production shifts establish a “foundation for growth,” the company says.
ECR International will consolidate production at its
factories in Utica and Dunkirk, N.Y.
Dennis Mullen, Empire
State Development President, Upstate, said in a statement that ECR’s decision
to anchor manufacturing in Western New York and the Mohawk Valley “highlights the
company's commitment to Upstate and showcases the fact that here in
New York State we are creating an environment where business can grow and
Paparoneannounced that the company plans to shift production from ECR
plants in Rome, N.Y., and Wallaceburg, Ontario, to factories in Utica and
Dunkirk, resulting in the loss of approximately 100 manufacturing jobs in
Wallaceburg, where furnaces are made. ECR will maintain Canadian sales, service
plant, where air-conditioners are made, employs about 80 workers but ECR hopes
to move about half of those jobs to Utica, Paparone said. The changes will
begin during the first quarter of 2009 and extend through the fourth quarter.
All affected employees will be offered career counseling and outplacement
“While ECR had to make some tough
decisions to remain competitive in the global economy, they have
decided to build a stronger foundation here in New York. Renovating and
expanding Dunkirk and Utica will allow ECR to better serve their customers
with high quality, innovative products and ultimately add more jobs,” said
The changes will not impact production
of ECR's new Freewatt® heat and power system or the company’s joint venture
facility in Ningbo, China, where ECR currently manufactures electronic controls.
ECR Consolidates Manufacturing
December 16, 2008