Kadant plant safe from job losses

Kadant Black Clawson’s plant in Rayville won’t be laying off any more workers.

Plant manager Toni Collins said the recent layoff of 10 workers was the only reduction in the plant’s future.

A spokesman for the company’s Mason, Ohio, headquarters said last week that those layoffs were the result of a sluggish economy and Kadant hoped to see the economy improve.

Meanwhile, Collins said, Kadant had abandoned plans to expand its Theodore, Ala., plant, which had expected to lead to the closing of Rayville’s plant.

“Those plans were made several years ago, but changes have taken place since then and there’s no danger of the Rayville plant closing,” she said.

Largely due to shifts in the Chinese market, Kadant had stopped the expansion in Alabama, leaving Rayville jobs safe.

Kadant makes parts and equipment for paper manufacturing and recycling plants.

“That plant is important to our area and we’re glad to have those jobs here,” Rayville economic development director James Smith noted.

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