Power management solutions manufacturer Eaton announced is moving two production lines from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Juarez, Mexico.
“We will be moving two production lines for some of our outdoor lighting products to our lighting production facility in Juarez, Mexico, in the third and fourth quarters of 2017,” said Ann Marie Halal, Eaton external communications manager, to The Vicksburg Post.
“Concurrently, we plan to bring into Vicksburg two new production lines — one for industrial facility lighting and another for one of our newest products, sports lighting,” the spokesperson added.
The company made clear it won’t shut down the facility, but some 50 to 70 jobs will be lost as result of the shift. The plant currently has about 350 employees.
Eaton acquired Cooper Industries PLC, the parent company of the then- Cooper Lighting plant in Vicksburg, in a deal valued at US$ 11.46 billion. Another Cooper Lighting facility that was part of the deal is located in Juarez, Mexico, along with two Eaton plants that manufacture lighting and temperature control solutions respectively.
In Mexico, Eaton has manufacturing presence in Baja California, Chihuahua, Aguascalientes, Queretaro, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Jalisco, Tamaulipas and the State of Mexico.