ELYRIA — Elyria’s gain is Hammond, Ind.’s, loss.
Officials at Aleris International, a Beachwood-based aluminum manufacturer, announced Monday the company will relocate 10 to 15 jobs from a soon-to-close Indiana plant to its Elyria facility that could come close to doubling the current workforce.
No timetable was given for the move to the Huron Street plant, according to Aleris spokesman Jason Saragian.
“It will depend on a number of factors such as demand, but we can’t be any more specific than that at this time,” Saragian said.
The local expansion will result “in more than 10 but less than 15” new jobs being added to the 10 to 15 employees now at the company’s Elyria site.
The Huron Street plant is described on the Aleris website as an “aluminum shredding and sizing operation” that produces a variety of aluminum products for steel mills and service centers in the U.S. and Canada serving the automotive, aerospace, building and construction industries, among others.
“In general, the Elyria location produces a variety of items that reduce or eliminate excess oxygen and impurities in the steel-making process,” Saragian said.
The shift of personnel to Elyria is being made to streamline operations in order to serve customers more efficiently, according to Saragian.
The move will result in the shutdown of an Aleris facility in Hammond, Ind., that employs about 20 people.
The Indiana workers will lose their jobs but be offered severance benefits and the opportunity to re-apply for jobs at other Aleris locations, Saragian said.
The Hammond plant is slated to close at the end of July.
Employees at both sites were informed of the moves Monday, Saragian said.
Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said she had been hearing rumors about another company moving jobs to Elyria, but not Aleris.
“This is a sign that Elyria is continuing to play a significant role in the steel manufacturing supply chain,” Brinda said Monday after learning of the Aleris announcement.
“We’re thrilled about this relocation to our community,” Brinda said.
“This is another sign that the economy is beginning to move into recovery mode,” Brinda said.
The mayor declined to name the company whose officials she plans to meet with next week to discuss another possible relocation of jobs to the city.
“We may have more good news soon, but that announcement is better left to the company to make,” Brinda said.
Aleris employs nearly 7,000 employees at more than 40 sites in the U.S. and around the world, including five other Ohio plants as well as facilities in Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arizona, Alabama and Canada.
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