Electromark to move 100 jobs to Mexico
Updated: Monday, October 28 2013, 08:06 PM EDT
Wolcott, N.Y. - Electromark in Wayne County is shutting down. Its parent company announced last week most of the 100 jobs at the plant in Wolcott are moving to Mexico.
The closure will take about a year, but its impact on the small community of Wolcott is already being felt.
“I’m shocked. This is going to be devastating,” said Beverly Camp who has lived her entire life in the community.
The jobs paid well and offered benefits. The Wolcott town supervisor said losing them will impact grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses. “It will all trickle down because there is not another place that is adding these (kinds of) jobs,” said Kim Park in a telephone interview.
Electromark makes durable signs, labels and tags that are used by the utility industry.
Employees were told the news Thursday.
A spokesman for the parent company Bradly in Milwaukee says moving the jobs to Mexico will allow it to cut costs and remain competitive. The majority of employees will have a year of transition but customer service jobs will go sooner.
“It will have a big impact because there’s nothing else here,” said Dorothy Wiggins, a long-time resident. “If people can find a job they’ll have to drive to Rochester of Syracuse,” she added.
Wayne County officials admitted they tried to head this off. They have met with company officials five times over the last 18 months to try to keep it open.
Some employees will be offered a job within the company. Others will be offered a severance package.