The following statement supplements the announcement of a company-wide plan that will reduce costs by hundreds of millions of dollars and position the company for future growth. Additional information is available at www.energizer.com/media-center
Energizer’s Maryville plant, which manufactures C, AA, 4A and 9 Volt size alkaline batteries, will cease operations by December 2013. The timing of the production phase-out and layoffs has not yet been determined. The approximately 310 hourly and salaried people employed at the facility will receive severance packages upon separation.
The closing of the Maryville facility was an extremely difficult decision but necessary because of dramatic changes in the overall battery market over the past three to four years. With the increased use of rechargeable electronic devices with multiple features, primary battery sales continue to decline in developed markets worldwide.
NCED EDITORIAL COMMENT
Energizer has been a long standing and valued member of Maryville and Nodaway County community. NCED has an established trained Development and Response Team. As a team of community leaders, we will work with the Company through the workforce and facility transition.
At this time and in the future, our response team’s primary focus is on the affected workers, their families & ensuring support and training is provided. The team is also proactive in their service to existing business; and marketing facility sites and community to capture new employment opportunities.