YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Parker Hannifin’s Gear Pump Division in Youngstown will phase out production at the facility over the next 18 months.
Representatives from Parker Hannifin first announced plans to close the Youngstown plant in late September. They met with the United Steel Workers Local 2332 in October to discuss the closure, according to Aidan Gormley, director of Global Communications and Branding at Parker Hannifin.
Gormley said eight employees from Youngstown facility will be laid off in January. That includes four factory employees and four office workers.
Another 137 workers will be laid off before it closes, 107 of which are union members.
The factory makes hydraulic gear pumps, primarily for use in heavy equipment for the agriculture, construction, military and mining industries. Gormley said the company decided to close the location, because it cannot support another manufacturing facility.
In September, he also cited a weak market as the reason for the closure of the local plant.
“Ongoing weakness in these key end markets and increased global competition means that current and anticipated demand can no longer support the manufacturing capacity here,” he said.