Eaton Manufacturing in Decatur will close its doors in April, eliminating 63 jobs in the city.
Plant Manager Jason Pickering says closing is due to a decrease in product demand, but the national company does not have plans to close any other plants at this time. The Decatur location will close sometime between April 2nd and April 15th. Pickering says there was little warning for the dozens of machinists and engineers who work at the facility.
"You're never ready for news like this. It was a decision that got made and was deployed relatively quickly so there was very little warning," he explained.
Eaton is a power management solution provider with a wide range of specializations, including automotive, electrical and aerospace. In Decatur, the company manufactures hydraulic cylinders used for hydropower and in the oil and natural gas industry.
Pickering says there will be an opportunity for employees to transition to other locations around the US.
"We are encouraging our employees to look on our internal websites for job postings to match their skill set with needs we have at other facilities across the US," he said. "The opportunity is there if there is a match between the facilities and their specific skill sets to be able to make a transition to another Eaton location," he continued.
The company has 100,000 employees worldwide.