EPIC Technologies closing

Norwalk company’s shutdown will leave 85 local residents jobless
Melissa Topey
Jan 15, 2014
Another Norwalk plant is closing its doors.

At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, EPIC Technologies executives announced they’re closing their Norwalk facility, leaving 85 local residents without jobs.

The company met with city officials afterward to break the news, and the announcement was entirely unexpected, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said.

“It’s always devastating,” Duncan said. “We never want to see jobs leave the community. It’s a business making a business decision”

NATEL EMS, a private electronics manufacturing services company, recently purchased the EPIC plant in October.

EPIC Technologies employees perform skilled precision work, manufacturing items such as circuit boards. The city unsuccessfully pleaded its case and asked that, in the aftermath of the Janesville Acoustics closing, NATEL reconsider its decision.

The community is resilient enough to come back from this, Duncan said.

“We will continue to persevere,” he said. “We have a great workforce that is highly skilled. We will come back”

It’s unknown if the closing was part of the plans when NATEL purchased EPIC. Multiple phone calls to the local plant went unanswered, and phone messages left with a company spokesperson went unreturned.

“The Norwalk facility has faced a declining demand for its products over the past two years,” the company stated in a release.“Past workforce reductions and other significant cost reduction measures, as well as a major effort to attract new business, have proven insufficient to sustain operations at the site”

The plant will immediately begin consolidating customers to other EPIC facilities located in Mason, Ohio, Chatsworth, Calif., and Juarez, Mexico. EPIC anticipates completing the consolidation in the next six months.

The loss of the company is a significant impact, said Ellen Heinz, director of Norwalk Economic Development Corp. The company is leaving a 43,000-square-foot facility.

City officials said they plan to start marketing the property.

The company is scheduled to pay about $24,000 on gross property tax for 2013, according to the county auditor’s website.

Comments

Fordman

This seems to be the route this area is going. All retail and restaraunts, that pay nothing while all the good jobs disappear.

starryeyes83

And here, the Register thought that one guy losing his job was special.

That's two factories, in one town, closing - with roughly 400 people -most of whom live here, are from here, and own homes with families to feed- out of a job real soon.

I bet that doesn't get on BTL or national press. Gee, just where are the advocates for these people?

rbenn

Because this news don't sell papers, easy to see since the teacher story has ran non stop, this one will get one chance in print and be forgotten

starryeyes83

Agreed.

Contango

Re: "Mayor: Much interest in Norwalk lately; Positive economic development news discussed." (Dec 19, 2013):

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/...

Maybe it's time for Mayor Duncan to pull this "rabbit" outa his hat.

FTFOI

starryeyes83 They are all running away with somebody's union dues.

starryeyes83

Good point: I've had that happen three times to me.

Were both of these plants union?

kURTje

Union or not does not matter. Norwalk had decent jobs that made a profit for their companies. Hey its just buSINess, why should people matter?

starryeyes83

Yeah, I know. No one knows better than I do about the unions. I was in one union and two non - union when they shuttered. Those plants that, you know, other people would say " they would never close". I never bought into that, either.

Just curious if Epic and Janesville were or not.

Kingsin

Looking at the constant bleed-out of jobs from Norwalk, and the apparent failure to attract new companies, it's time for a new economic strategy. Would it not be feasible to focus all of our efforts and resources into making Norwalk into a "hub" city for a specific industry? Would it not be better to focus all of our resources and efforts into attracting only one or two fields of business (whether manufacturing or white collar)- and then make it extremely lucrative for them to be here and stay here. I know that I'm not an economic guru- but look at other cities and how they have revitalized themselves- and it's usually around one specific company or field. Seems to make sense to me.

Contango

Re: "it's time for a new economic strategy."

The previous mayor 'at least' paid lip service to revitalizing the community, whereas the current one only knows how to make vapid promises of: Jobs, jobs, jobs.

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/...

http://www.norwalkoh.com/living_...

holysee

Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Always repeat that mantra and you will resonate with those who advocate sending virtually all decent paying jobs to the lowest bidder. Jobs are a commodity the same as coal and sugar. Unless a corporation is privately held, the local community it operates in means nothing in terms of business operations.
Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Nothing. Every penny counts. Trim the bottom line at all costs no matter how flush with cash. This is capitalism after all, not community welfare. Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Nothing is more important than the shareholders. Corporations are people. Nothing is more important than the shareholders.

Contango

Re: "Unless a corporation is privately held,"

And even THEY have shareholders.

Epic Tech is an LLC - privately held.

No shareholders, no capital, no jobs - period.

The Big Dog's back

Keep on giving the "job creators" tax breaks so they can buy out other companies and shutter them.

coasterfan

National unemployment has fallen from more than 10% when Obama took office to the current 6.7%. Meanwhile, in Ohio, things remain stagnant since Kasich took office, and his JobsOhio program is under investigation for improprieties. Isn't it telling that the usual local conservative bigmouths are curiously silent on this subject?

grumpy

Unemployment rate in january 2009, 7.8%, February 2009 8.3%

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/L...

Lowest labor particapation rate since 1978 under Jimmy Carter, Jimmy sent obama a thank you note last week.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/L...

Numbers, math, statistics, and truth aren't your strong suits are they teach?

Darwin's choice

You are a stupid azz, your constant blowing of all things obama are disgusting. Every story that has any negative comment about the failure in chief brings you fools out. The real unemployment numbers are still around 13%, try looking at the U6, then try selling your unicorns.

Troll

obama/fail!

grumpy

Various unemployment charts and scroll down fo explainations of what each "class" of unemployment measures.

http://www.nowandfutures.com/mis...

This is my favorite business stats site. Clic around it and learn.

santown419

Isn't it ironic the biggest troll on here calls someone else one. You have got to be kidding calling someone a stupid azz when you only make negative or racist comments. You really have to be ignorant to think you can bash Obama and no one can say anything positive.

Contango

Re: "National unemployment has fallen,"

And much of it has do with people dropping out of the job market and quit looking for employment.

Nuthin' for Pres. Obama to be proud of.

T. A. Schwanger

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Lest we not forget how many of the unemployed have given up on looking for work which lowers the unemployment rate as well but is not figured into the unemployment statistics.

2cents

This is not news, I knew a person who was training another person that was sent up from Mexico to do the job they were 6 years ago. He knew his job was going away and yet stayed and trained that person knowing the real reason!