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Firm to shut down Pennsylvania plant, affecting 210 jobs







WASHINGTON, PA (AP) – An international chemical company has announced plans to close a West Pennsylvania plant, cutting about 160 jobs and transferring another 50. [19659004] Ferro Corp. announced on Friday the Plant of Canton Township in Washington County that produces functional coatings and color solutions that will end between 2019 and 2020.

Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based company, said it will also close a plant in Cleveland and "multiples" sites in Latin America, consolidating work in an expanded facility in Villagran, Mexico.

Ferro said that the Pennsylvania plant, built in 1869, became too expensive to maintain despite investments over the years. The company cited dated infrastructure and equipment, a layout that hampered production and "extraordinarily high" production costs.

The Mexico plant, says the company, offers "a modern, complete and efficient structure for a more sustainable future."

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