ESCO closing main Portland plant, 168 jobs lost

ESCO will begin eliminating jobs on January 2, 2017,

ESCO will be closing its main Portland facility entirely by July 1, 2017. November 1, 2016, (ESCO FB Page)
ESCO will be closing its main Portland facility entirely by July 1, 2017. November 1, 2016, (ESCO FB Page)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — ESCO is closing its entire Portland main plant production facility, and 168 jobs will be lost as a result, the company said on Tuesday.

The plant is at 2141 NW 25th Ave., and it will begin eliminating jobs on January 2, 2017, according to a notice from the company.

ESCO said the plant will be completely shut down by July 1, 2017.

Below is a breakdown of the jobs being cut:

Air Arc Operator – 3
Assembler – 5
Bench Person – 1
Carpenter – 2
Coremaker – 6
Crane Operator – 1
Crane Operator Hot Metal – 5
Expert Journeyman – 1
Fabricator – 5
Grinder/Fitter – 6
Heat Treating Oven Operator – 3
Hyster Driver – 1
Inspector – 5
Janitor – 6
Journeyman Technician – 3
Landfill Operator – 1
Machine Operator – 2
Machinist Manual – 5
Maintenance Mechanic – 3
Master Journeyman – 3
Melter – 4
Metallurgist Technician – 1
Molder – 15
Refractory Person – 5
Sand Technician – 1
Shipper & Order Filler – 7
Team Leader – 11
Team Leader – 10
Team Leader – 3
Truck Driver – 2
Welder – 20
Production Scheduler – 2
Maintenance Planners – 2
Accountant – 1
Manager – 2
Service Workers – 13
Administrative Assistant – 1
Grand Total – 168

ESCO is more than 100 years old and was founded as a steel manufacturer. It has since expanded into wear parts and services for the mining, construction, industrial and oil and gas industries, the company’s website states.