Blount plans 100+ layoffs in Milwaukie

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A factory in Milwaukie plans to discharge of transfer 136 non-unionized workers.

Blount International is closing its chain-saw production facility on Naef Road to “further improve operating efficiencies,” according to the company’s newest quarterly report.

Some of that business will be consolidated to Blount International’s world-headquarters campus at 4909 S.E. International Way in Portland. However, 66 workers are expected to be discharged there as well.

“With the two facilities only three miles apart, Blount spokesman David Dugan said it made sense to consolidate,” according to a Monday report in the Portland Tribune.

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Blount International (KOIN 6 News)

The company reports jobs from the Milwaukie plant instead will be done by people in other countries — closer to markets predominately buying Carlton-brand chain saws. Those markets reportedly are Brazil, Canada and China.

Blount reports that an operating cost savings of “between $0 and $2 million are expected in 2013, dependent on the timing of completion of the manufacturing consolidation.”

According to the Portland Tribune, “After a general announcement, Blount provided WARN Act notice letters on Friday so that dislocated employees can find opportunities at Clackamas Community College and other local workforce-development centers.”

— The Portland Tribune contributed information used in this report.

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