Schneider Electric manufacturing lines to move to its factory in Mexico

Posted in: Blog on May 28, 2012

Thursday, May 24th. 2012

By Maoling Xiong – Missourian

COLUMBIA — Schneider Electric’s plan to move some of its manufacturing lines out of its Columbia facility will cost around 70 local jobs.

moving to mexicoThe company aims to relocate its low-voltage circuit breaker manufacturing lines to its factory in Tlaxcala, Mexico, by the end of 2013.

Hanna said the company’s primary motivation for relocating the production lines is to focus manufacturing toward one location to reduce costs.

“We are in a global environment, so we always look for opportunities to streamline so we can be more competitive,” Hanna said.

After relocating the manufacturing lines, Hanna said the Columbia plant will become the late adaptation center for the company, focusing on customizing the products in the late stages of production.

The Cedar Rapids facility’s low-voltage circuit breaker manufacturing line will also move to Tlaxcala, Mexico, Hanna said. The facility in Mexico will be the company’s only center for low-voltage circuit breaker manufacturing.

“It’s not an easy decision to make,” Hanna said.

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