Rag-maker Maxtex Fibre Recycling is winding down operations at a leased plant in Eden and shifting work to its home factory in Medina, a company official said.
The plant on South Main Street in Eden has cut about eight jobs, while Medina has added 10 to 12, accounting manager Peter Myszkiewicz said.
Transfers are not a popular option. "It's so far . . . for people earning $8 an hour," he said.
Eventually the Medina plant, with about 75,000 square feet of space on three floors, will house the recycler's 30-person work force, he said. Maxtex cuts up discarded clothing into rags.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer went to bat for the company in May, when Maxtex complained that used apparel that it imports from Canada was being treated as clothing instead of scrap. The tariff, as much as $1,500 per shipment, made the business unprofitable, the company said.
The gradual shutdown of the Eden plant will save on rental costs, Myszkiewicz said, and is unrelated to the import dispute.
U.S. Customs authorities found that some shipments from Canada included little-worn apparel, which doesn't qualify for tariff-free treatment.
"They do have shipments that are duty-free -- and they have shipments that are dutiable," said Kevin Corsaro, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection. "We continue to work with that company."
Maxtex has hired a customs broker to argue for more consistent treatment of its imports, Myszkiewicz said.