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BlueScope set to close Arlington plant, impacting 70 employees

ARLINGTON — This winter holiday season will be more difficult for 70 Arlington workers.

BlueScope Buildings North America will close its facility in Arlington, as well as the HCI Steel Building Systems business, on Dec. 12.

Production of the HCI product line will be phased out over the next two months to meet the projected plant closure date of Dec. 12.

According to Lucinda Grove, media contact for BlueScope, the company will work with Arlington community leaders to ease the 70 affected employees' transition. The employees' severance pay will be based on their length of service, and BlueScope will provide them with career counseling to help them find new jobs.

"Although we are seeing an improvement in overall BlueScope Buildings' business volume, the global financial crisis has been a significant challenge for HCI," said Scott Wilson, operations manager for BlueScope. "This difficult decision was made only after an extensive review. We sincerely and deeply appreciate the contributions made by all our Arlington employees, and recognize their service and commitment. This decision is not a negative reflection on their performance."

Wilson added that BlueScope's other facilities will absorb the Arlington plant's additional volume, due to recent manufacturing improvements that have increased the efficiency and production capacity of BlueScope plants across the country.

"This move will enable other sites to run closer to full capacity, further lower costs and help us further meet or exceed our customers' expectations," Wilson said.

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