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Mercerville-based Congoleum closing Hamilton facility; jobs of 65 in jeopardy

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More than 60 jobs could be moved or eliminated at a Hamilton plant.
More than 60 jobs could be moved or eliminated at a Hamilton plant. - (Thinkstock)

Congoleum Corp., a Mercerville-based flooring manufacturer, has offered dozens of employees positions in Pennsylvania as it prepares to close its facility in Hamilton later this year, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

The spokesman, Jim Monyak, said 65 workers are being affected by the closure. A few of the employees are transferring to a manufacturing plant less than two miles away on East State Street, he said, but the majority have been offered positions at a site in Marcus Hook, Pa. — about 60 miles away.

“All of the employees have been offered positions at the other locations, but at this point we don't know how many have accepted the transfer,” Monyak said in an email message.  “We expect some employees to early retire or take positions in other companies.”

He said Congoleum’s move was necessary to “consolidate operations to improve efficiencies in an increasingly competitive business environment.” The Hamilton location will cease operations Oct. 31.

He added that, to “provide ample time to prepare, the employees were notified over a year ago of the closure.”

“Congoleum is working to provide help to the workers, which includes job search assistance and impact counseling if needed,” Monyak said. “The decision to shut down the warehouse has been regrettable and disappointing.”

On Tuesday, Congoleum filed a notice with the state under the federal Warn Act, which requires companies to give workers and regulators 60 days’ notice of plant closings and mass layoffs.

The company has had financial woes in the past, highlighted by a nearly decade-long Chapter 11 bankruptcy case that ended in 2010. The case followed about 91,000 asbestos-related personal-injury claims that it had faced at the time it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003.

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Joshua Burd

Joshua Burd

Josh Burd covers real estate, economic development and sports and entertainment. Before joining NJBIZ in 2011, he spent four years as a metro reporter in Central Jersey. His email is joshb@njbiz.com and he is @JoshBurdNJ on Twitter.

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