Mayfield Heights, Ohio – Parker Hannifin Corp.’s Engineered Materials Group is making big changes as it will consolidate three divisions into three others, close two facilities and open a new expanded operation in Mexico by the end of 2016.
Andy Ross, president of the Engineered Materials Group, sent a signed letter dated 16 July to the group’s employees detailing the changes, which include:
• TechSeal Division will be integrated with the firm’s O-Ring Division, based in Lexington, Ky., and be led by general manager Doug Vanlue;
• Its Integrated Sealing Systems Division will be integrated with the Engineered Seals Division based in Syracuse, Indiana, and led by general manager Kathy Miller;
• Its Medical Systems Division will be integrated with Composite Sealing Systems, based in San Diego, and led by general manager Jim Randall;
• Two facilities – in Anaheim and Fontana, California – of the Medical Systems Division will be closed in the next 18 months; and
• Its Atlanta service centre will be consolidated within Parker’s remaining service centre network.
Parker did not confirm how many employees would be affected by these moves, or when the realignment of divisions would be complete. A Parker spokeswoman confirmed that the letter, obtained by Rubber & Plastics News, was distributed internally.
Messages left with several other Parker representatives for further comment were not returned.
“A challenge that we face as part of these actions is that many of our friends and colleagues have been directly impacted,” Ross wrote. “The actions taken are being implemented to drive business simplification and improve results and are not a reflection on anything our impacted teammates have done. We have done everything possible to treat the people impacted by these actions fairly and with the dignity and respect they deserve. We will continue to use our resources to assist people as they transition into a new phase in their lives.”