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Timken's Rockford Plant to Close

Canton, OH— As part of its continuing strategy to focus its plants to be globally competitive in the product that each manufactures and integrate its acquisition of Torrington, The Timken Company announced it will close the Rockford Plant in Rockford, Illinois, within the next three to five months. The plant employs 32 people.

“Making the decision to close the Rockford plant has been difficult, but it is one that we can’t avoid,” said Michael J. Connors, director of manufacturing - industrial. “As a result of weakening industrial markets and the increasing availability of low-cost imports, the plant has been losing money for some time.”

The Rockford Plant, which makes radial ball bearings for general industrial and consumer durable applications, had suffered from low-priced imports that have entered the country in increasing quantities. Despite the closing of the Rockford facility, Timken will continue to ensure an uninterrupted supply of products to its customers.

Earlier this year, The Timken Company acquired the former Torrington Company, which included the Rockford Plant. The plant was opened in 1989.






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