Sioux Tools will close in January; 12 affected

Sioux Tools will close in January; 12 affected A program of consolidations will eventually cause the Sioux Tools plant in Vermillion to close early next year. Twelve employees will lose their jobs. by M. Jill Sundstrom Sioux Tools, Inc., will close �no later than Jan. 31,� according to Rick Secor, manager of corporate communication of Snap-on, Inc., Kenosha, WI, which owns the Vermillion manufacturing plant.

The closure is a result of Snap-on�s �Project Simplify,� Secor said. The plan, announced in June of 1998, calls for a broad program of international consolidations and reorganizations that will make the company�s business operations simpler and more effective, according to a news release dated Sept. 3, 1998.

Twelve employees will be affected locally.

�Snap-on is working to consolidate similar work into similar locations,� Secor said. �Operations at the Vermillion facility will be moved to Snap-on�s Sioux City, IA plant.�

Vermillion employees have been encouraged to apply for positions at the Sioux City plant, which has an employee base of 250, he added

�If in the event they are not able to find a job immediately, we are working with the state of South Dakota to offer them any training they may need,� Secor said.

Sioux Tools, which manufactures a line of cordless power tools, opened in January of 1974 after a new facility was built at 929 Norbeck. Snap-on, which owns 17 other plants in North America, bought the business in 1994.

Snap-on�s �Project Simplify� is expected to lead to the closing of five plants, six warehouses and 45 to 50 small offices in North America and Europe. A total of 1,100 positions out of a workforce of about 12,000 are expected to be affected.

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