Vacuum Cleaner Plant Closing, 250 Layoffs
Mar. 14, 2003
BRISTOL, Va. (AP) _ The Aerus Electrolux vacuum cleaner plant will shut down by the end of May, leaving 250 people out of work, the company said Thursday.
The company said in a statement that Aerus had signed an agreement with The Eureka Co, a subsidiary of Swedish firm AB Electrolux, to have Eureka's El Paso, Texas, plant take over assembly and some manufacture of Aerus vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, floor shampooers and air-filtration devices now made at the Bristol plant.
Aerus and AB Electrolux are separate corporations.
The production shutdown and move were expected to start immediately and be complete in May. The company will continue support and administration duties at the Bristol, Va. plant.
The shutdown comes after the company laid off 300 workers at the plant last year.