HB Fuller will close six manufacturing facilities and eliminate
approximately 130 positions across its North America adhesives
business segment as part of its integration of the recently-acquired business of Forbo Group,
the company said on Thursday.
HB Fuller described the move as an opportunity to eliminate
duplication in manufacturing and redundant services and to
harmonize raw material procurement.
Fuller said it is continuing its integration assessment work in the
Europe, India Middle East and Africa (EIMEA)
and Asia Pacific regions and, upon completion of the analysis
in the coming months, could announce changes to the
organizational structures in those regions.
The facilities scheduled for closure by
mid-2013 are: Pointe-Claire, Quebec; Morris, Ill.; Kansas City,
Kan.; Eugene, Ore.; Jackson, Tenn.; and Dallas, Texas.
These facility closures will be staggered over the next 15
months and will result in approximately 90 job
HB Fuller will consolidate its North America adhesives
business segment operations within its remaining US facilities in California, Georgia,
Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and
Washington, it said.
These actions will increase manufacturing efficiency and
enable the region to improve plant processes and use resources
and technology more efficiently,
according to the company.
In addition, Fuller says it will close the former Forbo
corporate and research offices in Morrisville, N.C., and has
restructured its field sales and technical teams.
These actions will eliminate approximately 40 positions in
business management, customer service, finance, information technology, research and
development, and sales.
Selling, general and administrative positions that have not
been eliminated will move to other HB Fuller locations, and the
North Carolina offices will be vacated by February 2013.
"We are confident that the integration of our businesses will
make HB Fuller an even stronger company," said Traci Jensen,
vice president of the Americas adhesives business for HB
"After a thorough analysis of the talented resources and
manufacturing capacity and capability of the combined
businesses, we have designed a new organization that will
enable us to realize the full potential of the
acquisition, Jensen added.
The actions we are taking to remove duplication will
make HB Fuller a more efficient company that is able to better
serve our customers and well positioned to achieve our
strategic growth goals."