Phillips & Temro to Close Canada Plant, Hire 80 in MN

Eden Prairie-based Phillips & Temro Industries is closing a plant in Canada and moving some of its operations to Minnesota-which will result in 80 new local jobs.

Eden Prairie-based Phillips & Temro Industries, Inc., announced Monday that it will close its manufacturing and distribution plant in Winnipeg, Canada, and relocate the facility's operations to Eden Prairie and Yizheng, China.

The move will result in about 80 new positions in Eden Prairie and about 40 in China; Phillips & Temro plans to hire Twin Cities residents for the openings in Eden Prairie and Yizheng, China locals for the openings there. The company will begin the relocation this month and expects the transition to be completed by the end of the year.

Phillips & Temro designs and manufactures engine parts and serves the automotive, heavy-duty truck, construction, mass transit, and agricultural markets. In addition to the Canadian plant that is closing, the company has five other locations, including its Eden Prairie headquarters and a facility in Prior Lake. It currently employs 188 in Minnesota; the company declined to disclose its companywide headcount.

The facility in Canada that is closing is part of the company's heating division.

“We truly appreciate what the Winnipeg heating division employees have accomplished for Phillips & Temro Industries over the years,” Kathleen Boe, the company's vice president of operations, said in a statement. “While we regret having to take this action, we are pleased to be adding new jobs in Minnesota and China.”

Boe said that the move is part of a business strategy and will enable the company to better serve its customers.

Phillips & Temro's products include cab power systems, engine pre-heaters, intake air heaters, auxiliary cab heaters, engine and exhaust silencers, blower silencers, air-filtration products, and exhaust system accessories.