H.B. Fuller to Close 7 Facilities, Lay Off 130

The closings, which are connected to H.B. Fuller's recent acquisition of the industrial adhesives unit of Forbo Group, will not affect jobs in Minnesota.

Vadnais Heights-based H.B. Fuller Company announced Thursday that it plans to close six manufacturing plants and one research and corporate offices facility, resulting in the elimination of about 130 jobs.

The layoffs will not affect jobs in Minnesota.

The facilities being closed are part of H.B. Fuller's North American adhesives business. The closings are connected to its recent acquisition of the industrial adhesives business of Switzerland-based Forbo Group.

The six manufacturing plants, which are scheduled for closure by mid-2013, are in Pointe-Claire, Quebec; Morris, Illinois; Kansas City, Kansas; Eugene, Oregon; Jackson, Tennessee; and Dallas. These closings will collectively result in the elimination of 90 jobs.

H.B. Fuller plans to consolidate operations at the six plants with its remaining U.S. adhesives plants in Minnesota, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. The company said the move will increase manufacturing efficiency and enable it to improve plant processes and use resources and technology more efficiently.

By February 2013, the company will also close a corporate and research facility in Morrisville, North Carolina, that it acquired from Forbo. This move will eliminate another 40 positions in business management, customer service, finance, IT, research and development, and sales.

“We are confident that the integration of our businesses will make H.B. Fuller an even stronger company,” Traci Jensen, vice president of H.B. Fuller's North American adhesives business, said in a statement. “After a thorough analysis of the talented resources and manufacturing capacity and capability of the combined businesses, we have designed a new organization that will enable us to realize the full potential of the acquisition.”

H.B Fuller is among Minnesota's 30-largest public companies based on revenue, which totaled $1.6 billion in 2011. It employs approximately 4,400 people worldwide.