Hunter Industries to shut down Cary plant on Dec. 23
The California firm says it is consolidating manufacturing facilities of irrigation-related equipment "due to excess capacity." The Cary plant has operated since 1992.
“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.”