A setback to the west Michigan economy. Rockford's Plastics announced it is moving its injection molding production to Mansfield, Texas.
A company spokesman said "By centralizing facilities at our manufacturing headquarters, Klein can develop business strategies that will produce operational and system efficiencies."
Klein Tools' corporate headquarters will remain in Lincolnshire, Ill. Klein Tools will also maintain its offices and facilities in Fort Smith, Ark., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Bolivar, N.Y., and Turn-Key Forging & Design, Inc. operations in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Klein says it will "develop individualized plans for each employee affected by the move and will consider the employee's interests."
Ninety two people from Kent County will be affected by the move, which is expected by second quarter 2015.