Company Expects to Record a Charge of Approximately $4.0 Million in the Second Quarter
SHELTON, CT / ACCESSWIRE / May 1, 2023 / The Eastern Company (the "Company") (NASDAQ:EML), an industrial manufacturer of unique engineered solutions serving commercial transportation, logistics, and other industrial markets, today announced that the Company plans to close Associated Tool Makers, Ltd., its European mold tooling service facility based in the U.K. As a result, the Company expects to record charges totaling approximately $4.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2023 for severance and other related costs associated with exiting the business.
"After completing a thorough review of Eastern's business and products, we determined that our mold tooling service in Europe was no longer aligned with our goal of restoring consistent, sustainable profitability. We then conducted a detailed analysis of options and decided the best course of action was to exit this business. We will continue to serve customer needs out of a U.S.-based location," said President and CEO Mark Hernandez. "We remain intently focused on executing numerous initiatives this year to improve profitability and reduce working capital."
About The Eastern Company
The Eastern Company manages industrial businesses that design, manufacture and sell unique engineered solutions to markets. Eastern's businesses operate in industries that offer long-term macroeconomic growth opportunities. The Company operates from locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Taiwan, and China. More information on the Company can be found at www.easterncompany.com.
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