Atlas Copco, a leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, will consolidate the operations of its two mining product manufacturing facilities in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, to an existing facility in Fort Loudon, Pa.
All three facilities manufacture a wide range of rock excavation products, drill bits and raise bore cutters primarily for the North and South American markets. During the next 14 months, all production will move to Fort Loudon, where investments will be made in people and in expanding the facility.
“Centralizing the production of our mining products to Fort Loudon provides us with the opportunity to create manufacturing efficiencies at a time when the global mining market is experiencing significant challenges,” said Keith Mackling, General Manager, Atlas Copco Secoroc Division. “Our expanded facility in Fort Loudon allows us to serve our customers and will provide us with a platform for future growth when the market rebounds.”
In Grand Prairie, Atlas Copco manufactures rock excavation products such as drill bits and raise bore cutters. The transition of the manufacturing of these products from Grand Prairie is expected to begin in November 2016 and be completed in 2017. Research and development and marketing for rotary products will remain in the Dallas area. The Salt Lake City facility produces drill bits; the transition of its production capabilities will be completed by mid-2016. Engineering and marketing support for fixed cutter bits will remain in the Salt Lake City area.
“Unfortunately, these changes will impact some of our employees in Grand Prairie and Salt Lake City,” Mackling said. “The affected team members are true professionals and we’re grateful to them for their service to the company and our customers.”
The two facilities in Grand Prairie and Salt Lake City currently employ approximately 140 people. Employees that are not relocating to Fort Loudon will receive severance benefits that include assistance with career transitions and support planning.