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Waynesboro-based firm to lose 60 jobs

October 19, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Sixty jobs will be lost when a Franklin County, Pa., manufacturer's parent company sells off assets in mid-November, a spokesman for Mueller Water Products Inc. said Monday.

Beck Manufacturing and Picoma are businesses under Anvil International L.P., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mueller Water Products Inc. Both produce pipe nipples and fittings, although Beck's product line mostly features items for plumbing and Picoma makes items for electrical conduit.

Affected is Picoma, which is based in Waynesboro and employs 85 people.

"What we're doing is selling certain assets of that company (including the brand) to John Maneely Co., the parent company of Seminole Tubular Products," Mueller spokesman John Pensec said.

Picoma employees learned Friday that 60 positions would be eliminated and the other 25 jobs transferred to Beck, he said.

Beck, which has plants in Waynesboro and Greencastle, Pa., will receive some assets from Seminole Tubular Products as part of the agreement.

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"It'll help Beck expand the products it offers," Pensec said.

Anvil acquired Beck Manufacturing, which now employs 210 people, in 2001.

The late J. Edward "Ed" Beck formed Beck Manufacturing with his five sons in 1971.

Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Department analysis shows Franklin County is down to 8,900 manufacturing jobs, the lowest level since the method of tracking began in 1990. The county lost 1,400 manufacturing jobs from August 2008 to August 2009, representing a 13.6 percent decrease.

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