BROOKLYN PARK (AP) -- PUR Water Purifications Co. has notified its 270 workers at its Brooklyn Park plant that the factory will shut down within the next 18 to 24 months.
Production will be shifted to Cincinnati -- home base of PUR's owner, Procter & Gamble -- to factories in Mexico and to plants operated by suppliers, the company said in a prepared statement Wednesday.
A "limited" number of transfers will be offered to PUR employees. The rest will be offered retirement packages or help looking for work at other companies.
"This difficult decision was made after careful study and is the right step for the long-term competitiveness of the PUR Household Water Filtration business," Thom Lachman, marketing director for North America PUR Products, said in a prepared statement.
PUR, formerly known as Recovery Engineering, was founded in the mid-1980s by Brian Sullivan, a failed candidate for the Republican nomination for governor earlier this year. Sullivan received $23 million in the 1999 sale of the firm.
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