Pentair to Close Sheboygan, Wis., Plant

Facility will cease operation by end of June 2009, affecting approximately 350 jobs

Pentair confirmed that the company’s Sheboygan, Wis., facility will cease operation by the end of June 2009, affecting the jobs of approximately 350 employees, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

“I would love to be able to tell you there is a specific reason” the company will close its Sheboygan plant, said Rachael A. Jarosh, Pentair’s vice president of corporate communications. “Certainly, it is not a reflection of our employee performance or their actions, but it is simply a senior management decision to improve Pentair’s overall manufacturing capacity and to better meet our customer needs while lowering our total cost.”

Pentair had revenues of $3.3 billion in 2007, and employs approximately 16,000 people worldwide in more than 20 countries. The company is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minn.

“We really decided to make this decision public in order to give our employees as much time as possible to think about the next steps in their lives,” Jarosh said.

The company may offer some employees jobs at other Pentair facilities. “Part of what Pentair is facing, like many companies, is the weakness in the residential market, but in essence, this is just an opportunity for us to streamline processes and operations to make us more competitive,” Jarosh said.

Pentair’s water group produces systems used in the movement, treatment, storage and use of water.

Green Bay Press Gazette, Gannett Wisconsin Media

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