May 7, 2020: Clarios, the world’s biggest lead battery maker, on May 7 confirmed it would be closing its lead battery assembly plant in Middletown, Delaware in November 2020, partly because of the Covid-19 virus outbreak. The 200 staff affected will be offered other jobs or compensation, the company said.
“The decision to permanently close a plant is not one we made lightly, but changing conditions, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, left no possibility for us to continue operations at the Middletown plant,” said Aimee Iverson, communications manager for the US and Canada.
“The decision was necessary to strengthen our position as a global leader in advanced battery technologies.”
The move was being made to streamline the US manufacturing network as the firm focused on ‘providing best-in-class service to customers, while optimizing and modernizing our operations’.
“We will continue to have a significant presence in the region, including through our Middletown Distribution Center, which remains vital to serving our customers across the Northeast,” Iverson said.
“We intend to offer opportunities to impacted employees at our Middletown Distribution Center and other locations or, in limited cases where opportunities are not available, we will compensate fairly.
“Clarios is not closing any other manufacturing plants at this time.”