Battery maker Duracell said Wednesday it plans to close its Lancaster County plant within the next three years, eventually cutting 430 jobs in the county south of Charlotte.
The company said in a statement that it will consolidate its AA battery manufacturing operations with a second plant in LaGrange, Ga. It will begin shutting down the plant next March. The plant will cease operations completely by mid-2019, Duracell said.
“This was a very difficult decision,” Robert Lorch, Duracell’s president of global operations, said in the statement. “We’re taking this important step to position the Duracell business for growth.”
Duracell appeared to choose LaGrange because the property it owns there was better suited for expansion once the shift is complete.
Lancaster County officials told the Rock Hill Herald they were disappointed with the news, particularly since they had signed an agreement with Duracell two years ago to offer better tax incentives.
Duracell said it will encourage some of its employees to relocate to the LaGrange plant and is working with others to handle severance benefits and job placement.
Conglomerate holding company Berkshire Hathaway acquired Duracell in February from its previous owner Procter & Gamble.