September 24, 2012

Yardney's CT battery plant closing; 144 jobs in flux

Yardney Technical Products Inc. is closing its longtime Stonington battery manufacturing plant as the company moves to a renovated, more efficient facility in Rhode Island, reports.

Yardney, a division of Ener-Tek International Inc., said 144 jobs in Connecticut would be affected, though all of the positions are expected to be reconstituted at the company's new 140,000-square-foot headquarters in East Greenwich, R.I., at 2000 South County Trail, The Day of New London reports.

The company first announced plans to move out of state in 2011, though news of Rhode Island's overtures to Yardney had leaked out a year earlier, the shoreline newspaper reports.

Yardney declared its intent to shut the plant in a formal WARN notice filed the state Labor Department.

Yardney's current 260,000-square-foot plant in Stonington's Pawcatuck section will be closed over a two-week period from Nov. 16-29, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the agency. The notification indicated only 24 affected jobs were union positions, while 120 were non-union.

Yardney's president did not immediately return's phone call Monday for comment.

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