General International (www.general.ca) announced it will end operations at its General Mfg. Drummondville, Quebec, manufacturing plant during fall 2012, though an exact date has not yet been announced.
This decision was deemed necessary to increase efficiency by combining all Canadian manufacturing operations under one roof and by eliminating non-profitable woodworking machinery SKUs from the company's product mix. The company says the closure will not affect its distribution center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Warranty service and replacement parts for existing General Mfg. models will still be available through General International. Current supplies of raw materials are being used at the plant to build up inventory on some of the more popular machinery model, and to build up a long-term supply of replacement parts, General says.
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