Parker Pump Plant Layoffs to Begin Jan. 15

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Beginning Jan. 15, Parker Hannifin Corp. will lay off all 132 of its employees at its pump plant, 2701 Intertech Drive, the company says.

The layoffs will continue through Jan. 29 with members of Local 2332 of the United Steelworkers Union being furloughed in order of seniority.

Parkin Hannifin officially notified the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services of its layoff schedule in a letter required by the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The letter, dated Oct. 27, was signed by Mark Hettinger, the plant’s human resource manager.

The Youngstown plant makes hydraulic gear parts used in heavy equipment for agriculture, oil and gas drilling and other industrial applications. The decision to end operations results from market weakness as well as intense global competition, the company said in September when it first announced the shutdown.

The plant is part of Parker’s Gear Pump Division that also includes a manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain, N. C., which will continue to operate. Parker acquired both plants in 2000 through its $366 million purchase of Commercial Intertech, a homegrown manufacturer founded in 1920.

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