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Valve maker closing plant

January 25, 2017
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Delta Industrial Valves knife-gate valves
Delta Industrial's knife-gate valves are designed to perform in the "most arduous conditions." Courtesy The Weir Group

A valve maker filed notice this week with the state that it will shut down its facility in the region.

The Delta Industrial Valves, Inc. plant in Niles, at 2101 Industrial Dr., employs 56 employees and some of them will be relocated, according to the notice to Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency.

The shut down will begin at the end of March and is expected to be completed by June 30.

Delta Industrial is owned by The Weir Group, which said it will relocate operations to an existing plant in St. Louis.

The Weir Group, based in Glasgow, Scotland, said the relocation decision is related to “substantial expansion plans” for Delta Industrial “over the next two years.”

The company said the relocation will “enable the development and enhancement” of the product line to “better serve the industries in which it operates.”

“This wasn’t an easy decision to make, and we recognize the personal impact on our employees,” said John Abbott, international sales director, Delta Industrial. “We will do all we can to support our people during this time and are actively looking for opportunities for some employees to transfer to other Weir Minerals U.S. facilities.”

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