BERLIN - Several Berlin employees could lose their jobs after Jenfab Cleaning Solutions, formerly Jensen Fabricating Engineers, announced it will be relocating its operations from its facility in Berlin to a plant in Springfield, Missouri.
Jenfab has been in business in Connecticut since 1960 and employs about 35 people at its Berlin plant, which is 17,000 square feet.
Christopher Edge, economic development director for Berlin, said the town has been working with the company for more than two years to help them stay in Berlin. In addition, Edge said he has reached out to the leadership at Jenfab to offer help to any employees who are not relocating.
“We are saddened that Jenfab is leaving Berlin and Connecticut,” Edge said. “Theirs was a corporate decision which brings JenFab closer to their ownership in the Midwest. We have reached out to the leadership in Berlin to assist any and all employees to find new employment and we are working with the property owner to fill the building.”
According to Jason Fulp, marketing lead at Jenfab, the company offered relocation assistance to some employees, hoping they would continue to work for them in their Springfield, Missouri, plant.
Jenfab is a manufacturer of aqueous washing machines for industrial components that is consolidating its operations and rebranding itself under the name of Jenfab Cleaning Solutions. The statement announcing the changes, which was released in March, said that the changes were taking effect immediately.
As part of the process, the company has also launched a new corporate identity including a new logo, social media presence and website representing the unity and new direction of the manufacturer.
The Berlin facility will be relocated to a 60,000 square foot headquarters that will provide the extra space for its current operations and space for future growth.
The announcement said that the company has decided to restructure. JRI Industries acquired Jenfab and both companies were brought under one ownership umbrella. With the consolidation of operations, the company hopes to maximize its manufacturing efficiency while improving service and quality.
“This is a turning point for our company,” president and CEO Rhonda Wright said. “By unifying both brands under one name and consolidating our operations, we are positioning ourselves for continued growth within the market. I have every confidence this will result in a better and stronger company for both our customers and employees.”
Jenfab will continue to offer its solutions for any industrial parts cleaning need.
To learn more about Jenfab Cleaning Solutions, visit the company’s website at www.jenfab.com .
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