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94-Year-Old Toilet Maker Closing Up Shop

The company says production was unsustainable.

Mansfield Plumbing Products has a 94-year legacy in Perrysville, Ohio. Founded in 1929, the company is the fourth-largest employer in the county and makes toilets and sinks. 

According to the Mansfield News Journal, the company recently announced plans to close the factory on December 31, 2023, cutting some 277 employees in the process; about 220 are represented by the Teamsters.

The company says severance and health insurance will be available to impacted employees, though it is based on tenure and seniority. Mansfield Plumbing hopes to offer job replacement services as well. 

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According to the Richland Source, the company was sold to world's largest china manufacturer, Corona, about 19 years ago. Corona is based in Colombia, South America.

Roman Rampinini, vice president of commercial operations in North America said, despite their best efforts and ongoing investments, production was unsustainable due to current economic conditions. However, the company doesn't plan to close its distribution center in the area and will maintain its bathtub manufacturing facility in Henderson, Texas. 

According to the WARN notice, the job cuts at the end of the year include 196 production workers, 23 operations supervisors, 21 maintenance workers, six administrative staff, five engineers and two QC staff. A handful of workers will stay on into the next year. 

Corona intends on maintaining Mansfield’s customer base, but the work will shift to the company’s North and South American manufacturing facilities.

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