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Vesuvius USA to lay off some Tyler workers, but plant to stay open

Roy Maynard - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Published on Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:53 - Written by ROY MAYNARD, rmaynard@tylerpaper.com
 

Vesuvius USA will shed some manufacturing jobs in its Tyler plant, but the plant isn’t closing, company officials say.

Vesuvius makes ceramics used by steelmakers. It has about 70 workers in Tyler, and another 68 production sites and more than 10,000 employees worldwide.

 

“Vesuvius is not closing our facility in Tyler,” said Vesuvius’ Steve Yancy in a prepared statement. “However, we are in the midst of efforts to optimize our global footprint and consolidate product lines into other facilities that have extra capacity. The facility will not be closing and it will continue to locally manufacture products that are unique to this facility. The consolidation will result in the reduction of some positions; however, Vesuvius will work with all impacted employees throughout this difficult transition.”

 

In recent years, Vesuvius has struggled with a decline in the manufacturing base that it services. It has had to streamline its operations, according to a company report issued in March.

“After the deep fall in activity in the U.S. and in the U.K. during 2015, we had to restructure our activities to adapt our organization to the new geography of our markets,” wrote Chief Executive François Wanecq. “Whilst progressing with the implementation of our action plans, we had to face the shock of the Brexit vote in the midst of 2016 and the consequential movement in the foreign exchange rates. Although our markets did not improve in 2016, there were some signs of stabilization evident toward the end of the year. All in all, the cost reduction and the foreign exchange moves led to a moderate progression of our reported results.”

 

He wrote that the company’s outlook should improve in 2017.

“Whilst the market environment remains broadly stable, we are experiencing a relatively strong start to 2017,” he wrote. “However, regardless of end market developments, we must continue to focus on creating value for our customers. We will continue to develop our strategy to build our Technical Services offering and to focus on the strategic growth areas in India, China, Brazil and Mexico.”

Tom Mullins of the Tyler Economic Development Council said he’s glad the facility will remain in Tyler.

“Vesuvius has been a long term member of the Tyler manufacturing sector and provides good paying, high skilled jobs,” Mullins said. “We are disappointed that some jobs will be lost at the Tyler operations, but we are relieved to hear the plant will remain open.”

Workers at the Tyler plant are represented by the Glass, Molders, Potters, Plastics & Allied Workers Local 58.

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