Hunter Industries to shut down Cary plant on Dec. 23

Posted October 19, 2009

Hunter Industries is shutting down its manufacturing facility in Cary as of Dec. 23, the company confirmed to WRAL News on Monday.

“Due to excess capacity for the current and foreseeable future, Hunter Industries is consolidating our manufacturing operations,” said Judy Netteland, sales and marketing operations manager for Hunter. “We are shutting down our Cary, N.C., manufacturing facility, with December 23rd being the last scheduled day for production.”

The company did not disclose how many workers were affected.

Hunter has operated the Cary facility since 1992.

The San Marcos, Calif.-based company is a 25-year-old firm that focuses on irrigation equipment for the landscape and golf course industries.

The company touts itself as the “Irrigation Innovators.”

Hunter also has manufacturing facilities in California and Mexico. It employs some 1,100 people worldwide.

According to Hunter’s Web site, the Cary “site was selected because of its central location to Hunter’s expanding East Coast market and the positive national image of the area. The facility features state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and automated, high-speed equipment that helps the plant achieve high production goals while ensuring quality.”

Netteland told WRAL News that the company has been “very satisfied with doing business in Cary, and wish that the market conditions were different.”


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  • james27613 Oct 20, 2009

    They have other competitors, Rain Bird, Toro, etc. all the stuff is from Mexico or China.

    Once the machines are moved out of the USA, the jobs will never return.

    Footwear, garment, tools, ladders, CNC machines, etc all moving out of the USA.

    Who will be left working to pay the higher taxes ?

  • doubletap357 Oct 20, 2009

    According to the story They already have manufacturing facilities in California and Mexico. Since demand is down they are producing more than they are selling so one of the plants has to go. Personally I would rather the Mexico plant be closed but you know that won't happen. I'm surprised that they didn't close the California plant instead of Cary. It has to cost much more to run the Ca. plant than the NC. plant.

  • capitalland Oct 19, 2009

    Who wants to own an irrigation system that they can't run when they want to? Pepsi can ship Aquafina bottled water (from Falls Lake)all over the east coast but try to water your lawn and the water police shows up.

  • Brogden Oct 19, 2009

    Notice the lack of interest DeathRow has in "blue collar" jobs.

    Every dollar earned turns over 7 to 8 times in a local economy.
    If those "blue collar" jobs earned a county average for "blue
    collar" jobs they were earning somewhere around $12 an hour.
    $12 X 40 X 52 = $24,960 - and I'm willing to bet that is on
    the low side. If they had 75 employees and the dollar does
    turn over 7 times we are then talking about -
    $24,969 X 75 X 7 + $13,104,000 - and I'm still thinking that is on the low side. Of course, we haven't added in the "white collar" jobs that death row feels are so much more important!

    But, to DeathRow - no one needs or will miss those "blue collar" jobs. Next time his toilet overflows I hope he can find a "white collar" plumber!

  • lkanzig Oct 19, 2009

    and how much incentives did they get?

  • whatelseisnew Oct 19, 2009

    Ooph that has got to hurt.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 19, 2009

    If its a manufacturing facility, I would "assume" that at least half of the work force was blue collar. Of course the employees losing their jobs will be devastated. But I doubt it will have much affect on the local economy.

  • happymom Oct 19, 2009

    From the sound of it, they are not sending production to Mexico. The economy is just so down, people (and businesses) aren't spending on items that aren't necessities. Companies can only keep making products that aren't selling for so long.

    Will be thinking about the employees who are now left without jobs.

  • in2horses Oct 19, 2009

    WOW!! I used to work there. Thought they had it in the bag as far as sprinklers went. Guess they decided to send production to Mexico.

  • KermitDFrog Oct 19, 2009

    yep, sad to see another company close. It's not going to be a very Merry Christmas for the employees.