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Thermtrol shuttered

Cary plant shuttered as company moves operations to Vietnam

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 5:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 10:11 a.m. CDT
(Jim Dallke – jdallke@shawmedia.com)
Cary manufacturing company Thermtrol MGI, 1175 Alexander Court, laid off 60 workers in July as it relocated operations to Vietnam.

CARY – A Cary manufacturing company laid off dozens of employees after relocating its plant this summer.

Thermtrol Corp. closed its Cary manufacturing plant in July and laid off 60 workers, according to the State of Illinois August Warn Activity Listing.

The company, which manufactures motor vehicle and electronic equipment, relocated the plant to Vietnam, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

Multiple messages to Thermtrol’s Ohio headquarters were not returned Thursday. The phone line at the company’s Cary plant, located at 1175 Alexander Court, was disconnected.

On Thermtrol’s website, the company said it has manufacturing plants in Ohio and Vietnam. The website said Thermtrol’s Vietnam operation was opened in 2003, and the country “brings to the table a well-educated and stable workforce with an incredible work ethic and is among the lowest labor cost centers in the world.”

The McHenry County Workforce Network, an agency that provides programs and services for area employers and job seekers, filed a Trade Act petition with the Department of Labor on behalf of the employees, according to MCWN Director Julie Courtney.

"We found out about the closing after the fact from a laid off worker," Courtney wrote in an email to the Northwest Herald. "We will assist workers in any way to help with job search and/or retraining needs."

Thermtrol acquired MGI Manufacturing in Cary in 2007, according to a timeline on the company’s website.

“This acquisition brings with it specialty engineering and plastic molding expertise in manufacturing wire harnesses for the automotive and related industries,” the website said of the Cary acquisition.

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