Waseca’s Itron plant closure will affect more than 300 workers

Itron will close its Waseca plant next year. 

The infrastructure technology company announced Monday it will relocate manufacturing operations from Waseca to a facility in West Union, South Carolina.   Itron has owned the plant since 1992, when the company acquired Enscan from EF Johnson Company

Itron says the move is part of the company’s plan to “increase efficiency,” and “improve its global supply chain.” 

Tom Deitrich, Itron’s president & CEO called the decision to close the plant “difficult,” but said moving to a single manufacturing center in South Carolina would “enhance competitiveness.”

The company says it will provide career placement services, extended insurance coverage, and a severance package to the employees affected by the move. An Itron Senior Manager tells SMN more than 200 employees and 100 contractors are currently working at the Waseca plant.

The plant is expected to close towards the end of 2024.  

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