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Altra Industrial Motion to close Amherst plant, eliminating 79 jobs

Altra Industrial Motion Corp. is following through on plans to close its Amherst facility, eliminating 79 jobs.

The former Thompson Linear Motion facility on Hazelwood Drive will make its first job cuts in August, and the plant is scheduled to close in mid-October, according to a filing with the state Department of Labor.

Boston-based Altra had signaled in February that the manufacturing plant would soon close, after the company had decided to consolidate its area operations. Its filing with the state this week specified the number of employees affected and when the cuts would occur.

The Hazelwood Drive plant, which has operated under different company names over the years, makes power transmission parts for industrial equipment. Its hourly workers are represented by United Auto Workers Local 1416.

An Altra representative could not be reached to comment on Tuesday.

Last October, Altra completed its $2.9 million purchase of the automation and specialty businesses of Fortive Corp., which was created in a spinoff of several Danaher Corp. divisions.

Altra already had operations in Niagara Falls, and acquired a facility in East Aurora, API Delevan, that was also part of Fortive. As a result, Altra decided to consolidate its local operations.

An Altra spokesman in February said some of the Amherst plant's production would be shifted to the East Aurora location, as well as to "a couple of other places in the U.S."

Altra, which is publicly traded, last year recorded net income of $35.3 million, down from $51.4 million in 2017.

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