Milacron cuts back in Italy, expands in Czech Republic

May 28, 2015

Milacron LLC, Cincinnati, is consolidating some of its European operations, making investments in the Czech Republic that have coincided with job losses in Magenta, Italy. In all, the company said that 27 positions could be affected in Italy, most in manufacturing.

The moves come as the company has spent about $18 million in the Czech Republic.

John J. Gallagher, COO of melt delivery and control systems/fluid technologies, financial and shared services, said the European reorganization is intended to make Milacron more competitive.

"We knew that expansion and investment in Europe was required in order to support our growing customer base," Gallagher said. "The facilities in Czech [Republic] allow us to offer more support, more flexibility and more product inventory, all at faster delivery times — services that we feel are critical in this market."

In April, Milacron notified local unions that it intended to move manufacturing operations from Magenta to Polička, Czech Republic, where it has opened a new plant with more than 118,000 square feet for building Uniloy-brand blow molding equipment.

In addition to the plant in Polička , Milacron has completed projects in Šašovice, Czech Republic, adding more than 10,000 square feet to its Tirad facility and building a distribution center with more than 32,000 square feet.