Norwood closing Janesville plant
JANESVILLE--A Janesville manufacturer of promotional products will close its doors in April, eliminating about 75 jobs.
Employees of Norwood Promotional Products, 1309 Plainfield Ave., learned of the decision Wednesday to move local operations to a facility in Red Wing, Minn.
Norwood has a long history in Janesville as a consolidation of several other companies such as Jaffa, Crystal Etch and The Janesville Group. It is a leading supplier of imprinted promotional products that are now branded as Jaffa.
The company was founded in 1989 and has operations in the U.S., Canada and China. Norwood markets more than 5,000 promotional products.
BIC USA bought the company in 2009, shortly after the Indianapolis-based Norwood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Earlier this year, Norwood announced the consolidation of some manufacturing operations and the relocation of others, primarily in Texas and Indiana.
Quenten Wentworth, vice president and general manager of Norwood & BIC Graphic North America, said an analysis showed moving the Janesville operation to Red Wing would improve customer experience and streamline operational capabilities.
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