It’s definitely trying times for the city of West Point, which continues to get hit with news of industries closing up shop – Now one more local company officially announced Wednesday that it’s shutting its doors.
Following a August 2011 announcement from Blazon Tube that it would potentially be going out of business, the management team of Leggett & Platt announced this Wednesday that Blazon Tube of West Point is slated to end production April 1.
According to a press release, the closure is due to Blazon Tube’s operations consolidating with Leggett & Platt’s LaVergne, Tenn. operation and is also the result of new technologically-advanced machinery.
The closure announcement states, “the decision to close this operation is in no way related to the abilities or productivity of the employees at the local facility.”
When Karl VanBecelaere, President of Leggett & Platt Tubular Products Unit, spoke with the Daily Times Leader back in August of 2011 Blazon Tube still had about 75 individuals employed at the facility. During that time those 75 people were notified that the company was at risk of closing. Since then 50 of those employees have left the company, leaving 25 workers still on site operating the facility where welded steel tubing is produced. These 25 will soon have to seek employment elsewhere when the company closes in the next few months.
Leggett & Platt says, “efforts for potential replacement business over the past 15 months proved unsuccessful.”
The Daily Times Leader will provide an update if and when additional information becomes available.