Report: Plasan Carbon Composites to close Vermont facility

Automotive composites specialist Plasan Carbon Composites will move out of its Bennington, Vt., USA, facility in May and consolidate operations in Grand Rapids, Mich., USA.

The Bennington Banner newspaper (Bennington, Vt., USA) reported on Feb. 21 that Plasan Carbon Composites is expected to move out of its Bennington facility in May and consolidate its operations in Grand Rapids, Mich., USA.

Plasan president James Staargaard told the paper that employees were notified of the decision on Feb. 20. The facility has 143 full-time employees who manufacture carbon composite car parts, specifically for the Viper SRT and Corvette.

According to Staargaard, the decision was made to avoid splitting people and resources between the Vermont and Michigan facilities. "We just wanted to consolidate all our assets and resources into a single facility," he said. "It's better business, but again nothing negative about our employees at all. It's where we are."

Staargaard also told the paper that closure does not affect Plasan North America, the company's armor business. "In fact, they are moving some assets from Boston to Bennington this week and next week, so Plasan is still committed to the Bennington area, to the armor business," Staargaard is quoted as saying.

Click here for the original report in the Bennington Banner.