Raymond to Consolidate Operations, Idle Ontario Plant

The Raymond Corp. is moving the assembly of its Raymond Reach-Fork® truck line to its headquarters in Greene, N.Y. The transition, to be completed in the first quarter of 2010, will initially create more than 100 jobs. The design, engineering and prefabrication of the Raymond Reach-Fork trucks are already performed in Greene.

As a result of the consolidation, Raymond will idle its Brantford, Ontario, plant, where Reach-Fork trucks are currently assembled, for an undetermined length of time. The decision to consolidate, which will affect 250 positions, was made because of a broad and continued decline in the North American lift-truck market, as well as to better optimize engineering and manufacturing efficiencies, according to a company press release.

“Raymond has made the strategic decision to consolidate all of its Class II lift truck manufacturing to support the healthy future of the company and its more than 1,800 employees,” said Jim Malvaso, president and CEO. “This change allows us to continue developing innovative solutions that best serve our customers and their needs. Every employee in our Brantford operations has been an incredible asset to The Raymond Corp. This decision did not come easily, and we thank them for their many contributions.”

Raymond will continue to maintain a significant presence in Canada through G.N. Johnston Equipment Co., Ltd., a Raymond Sales and Service Center which operates 13 locations nationwide.