MANSFIELD -- Therm-O-Disc announced Friday it will be ending its Mansfield manufacturing operations next year.

"Therm-O-Disc informed employees at its Mansfield, Ohio plant that a decision has been made to phase out manufacturing operations over the next 12 to 18 months," said Dave Baldridge, a spokesperson for Emerson, Therm-O-Disc's parent company. "We expect workforce adjustments to begin sometime in early 2021."

In a Friday night email, Baldridge stated that production would be relocated to other North American facilities, while Therm-O-Disc corporate offices will remain at the Mansfield location.

The Emerson Automation Solutions plant in Ontario will not be impacted by the closure, he said.

"Business conditions and the economy, especially within the markets we serve, have forced us to take a hard look at our facility operations to make the decisions that make the most sense to keep us competitive," Baldridge wrote in an email. "The phase out is part of a consolidation of Therm-O-Disc manufacturing operations due to economic and competitive pressures, which have resulted in excess plant capacity.

"Once the phase-out is completed, the Mansfield Manufacturing Operation will be closed."

The plant closure will affect approximately 229 hourly employees and 20 salaried employees.

"This difficult decision is no reflection on the quality of work being performed at the Mansfield plant," Baldridge said. "Everyone associated with the plant can be proud of the excellent work done at the plant over the years."

The company will be providing severance benefits, including medical and dental benefit continuation and comprehensive outplacement assistance.

Therm-O-Disc was incorporated in 1947 and became a part of Emerson Electric, Co, in 1968, the company stated. 

The Therm-O-Disc product line includes sensors and hermetic solutions and serves industries including HVACR, transportation, consumer products, oil and gas and power and environment industries.

The Mansfield plant produces bimetal controls, fabricated components and sensors.

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Katie is a staff reporter focusing on business, education and feature reporting. She is a 2014 graduate of Clear Fork High School and studied journalism and Spanish at Asbury University.