Cookware manufacturer closing Manitowoc factory

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Tramontina USA Inc. is closing its Manitowoc cookware manufacturing facility, eliminating 145 jobs.

Sugar Land, Texas-based Tramontina made the announcement Monday. Tramontina, which began production in Manitowoc in 2005 after purchasing the site from Mirro, also plans to cut 100 jobs at its Texas operations where the cookware was assembled and packaged.

Marcelo Borges, president and CEO of Tramontina, cited production cost increases and higher tariffs as factors in the closing.

“Due to production cost increases over several years, our shareholders decided to cease manufacturing operations at our U.S. facility as a strategic step towards consolidating our production within the group’s existing factories in Brazil, which allows us to focus more on product development, sales and logistics in the United States,” Borges said in a statement.

Tramontina did not provide a timeline on when the Manitowoc facility would close.

After the announcement was made, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels and Peter Willis of Progress Lakeshore issued a joint statement that several local businesses are currently hiring, including Lakeshore Foods, Redline Plastics, Robison Metal, Alliance and others. They encouraged displaced Tramontina employees to contact the Manitowoc Job Center at (920) 208-5817 to get assistance with unemployment benefits and applying for new jobs.