Harsco Plant to close, employees informed this morning.

January 31, 2019

Senator Debbie Stabenow toured the plant in 2016.

Harsco Plant to close, employees informed this morning.

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — Harsco Rail officials informed the approximately 160 employees of the Ludington plant today that the manufacturing will be shutting down the plant this summer, the end of the second quarter. Official notice from the company has not been announced publicly, but employees have posted about the plant closing on social media. MCP will post more information when it becomes available.

Harsco Rail, a worldwide operating segment of Harsco Corporation, is a global supplier for railway track maintenance and construction. The local company began as Electric Tamper and Equipment Company, founded in 1923 by Corwill Jackson. Jackson created an electric vibrating tamper for the railroad.

The company was incorporated as Jackson Vibrators in 1937. It later became Jackson Jordan and expanded its product line to include production and switch tampers as well as tie gang equipment. In 1990, Pandrol International acquired Jackson Jackson and in 1999 Harsco Corporation, based in West Columbia, South Carolina, acquired Pandrol Jackson, merging the company with Fairmont Tamper to become Harsco Rail.

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