MEDINA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A company in Orleans County that nearly closed in 2006 announced Friday it is shutting its doors for good.
After receiving state grants in 2006, BernzOmatic decided to stay in Orleans County. It was purchased in 2011 by Worthington Industries, which announced Friday that it would be closing the plant and moving the production of torches to Wisconsin, where it will consolidate operations.
Worthington Industries spokesperson Sonya Higginbotham said, "The fuel cylinders for BernzOmatic hand torches are currently made at our Chilton, Wisconsin facility. And we have space there, so it made the most sense to move the operation to our Chilton facility."
BernzOmatic opened in 1969. The closure will put 174 people out of work. The company is expected to be shuttered by mid-2014.
Worthington Industries says it will provide severance and outplacement services to employees who will not continue with their company.
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