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EARLIER: Buckhorn to shut down in December

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Plant is 4th industrial business casualty this year

By Lisa King

In just more than two months, 88 more jobs will be lost in Shelby County.

Buckhorn, Inc., an Akron-Ohio based plastics company that is part of Myers Industries, has announced it will be closing its doors by mid-December.

In a letter to Mayor Tom Hardesty's office on Monday, Buckhorn Plant Manager John Patton said the permanent closing is "due to asset and product line consolidations within its businesses based on strategic goals and purposes."

Patton did not return phone calls to The Sentinel-News for a clearer explanation for the plant's closing. John Orr, CEO of Myers Industries, also did not return calls from the newspaper.

Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, said the closing of plant was unexpected.

"It's sudden," she said. "Just a few months ago, they were hiring and looking for more warehouse space. It's very unfortunate."

Buckhorn, located at 545 Pearce Industrial Road, will begin laying off employees on Nov. 30, the letter said.

"The terminations are expected to affect all employees in all job classifications," Patton said in the letter.

He added that certain employees may be offered the opportunity to transfer to some other area, but at this time the company doesn't know which, if any, employees may be offered this option.

Buckhorn will join the list of other industrial-related businesses that have closed in Shelby County this year:

• Greenkote IPC, Inc., in January (54 employees) • Noble Metal Processing, Inc. in April (79 employees) • Leggett and Platt in August (240 employees)

• Buckhorn, Inc. closing in December (88 employees)