Rincon, Ga., facility to close; Conroe, Texas, facility to grow
CST Industries Inc. announced its plans to create a Global Manufacturing Center of Excellence in its Conroe, Texas, facility. The move consists of investments in the Conroe facility, equipment and people, as well as transferring manufacturing equipment from the Rincon, Ga., plant.
“Combining these two facilities into a center of excellence, allows us to deliver on our strategy and continue at the forefront of Aluminum Dome and Covers manufacturing,” said Brad Barkley, CST Industries vice president of global operations. “This move will create the world’s premier aluminum dome operation with state-of-the-art equipment, world-class lean manufacturing and highly skilled employees.”
The company is expected to begin the Conroe transformation and cease operations at the Rincon facility. “Decisions that directly impact the lives of our associates are extraordinarily difficult,” said Tim Carpenter, CST Industries CEO. “The Rincon team is a talented, dedicated and loyal workforce and a solid support base in the Rincon community. We thank them for their hard work. Transitioning away from this facility was not a reflection of the Rincon team, but an appropriate decision and a key piece of our strategy.”
The CST Industries Covers facility in Rincon produces aluminum domes and covers. It currently employs 34 associates. CST will consolidate production at the covers facility in Conroe and will add additional associates and space to support additional volume and production.
The company will work with the appropriate agencies and communities to help make the transition for all affected employees as smooth as possible, including providing separating pay and other benefits.