130 jobs terminated as Paris Precision closes
Complete facility closure effective May 22
–Paris Precision Incorporated, a Paso Robles sheet metal fabricator, will close its doors on May 22. About 130 employees will be terminated in the closure.
The San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice, which confirms a complete closure of the 220,000 square-foot facility at 1650 Ramada Drive.
Paris Precision’s parent company MDC Vacuum Products of Hayward California stated in the notice that the company will be, “streamlining its business,” and, “ceasing operations that are no longer profitable for the company.”
Paris Precision officials declined to comment on the closure. The facility, founded in 1962, employs engineers, tool and die makers, journey-level trade professionals, operations, customer service and administrative personnel, and all employees will be affected.
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Gina Fitzpatrick said she is saddened by the news Paris Precision is closing its Paso Robles facility. “The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce is working closely with the Workforce Development Board to ensure employees are provided adequate assistance during this transitionary time. Along with our Economic Development Committee, I am actively reaching out to industry partners in hopes we can help secure employment for those affected. The City of Paso Robles has been a resource throughout this process and has shown full support in all areas.”
San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Rapid Response Coordinator Sara Hayter said three information sessions with approximately 50 workers at each will be held on site for affected employees on April 14 by a Rapid Response Team.
“The onsite orientation is our main goal and we are also working behind the scenes on a networking event for local manufacturers that are hiring which is a little more informal but it will be an opportunity for the affected workers to see what is out there,” she said.
Workforce Development Board Director Tamy Aguilera said although the closure of Paris Precision is an unfortunate situation, it is an excellent opportunity for other local manufacturers to hire work-ready and skilled employees.
The Rapid Response Team is a cooperative between the Local Workforce Development Board Rapid Response Coordinator, America’s Job Center of California, and the Employment Development Department to assist employers and workers during a mass layoff or plant closure. Businesses interested in hiring any of the affected workers can contact cooardinator Sara Hayter on (805) 781-1929 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sloworkforce.com.