Adhesives Magazine

H.B. Fuller Announces Restructuring Following Forbo Acquisition

April 24, 2012

H.B. Fuller Co. recently announced that it will close six manufacturing facilities and eliminate approximately 130 positions across the North America Adhesives business segment as part of its integration of the recently acquired industrial adhesives business of Forbo Group. As previously announced, the company reports sizable opportunities to eliminate duplication in manufacturing and redundant services, and to harmonize and transform raw material procurement. The recently announced changes will occur in the company’s North America Adhesives business segment. 

Decisions were based on a thorough review of the company’s now-combined operations and support H.B. Fuller’s strategic growth objectives. H.B. Fuller is continuing its integration assessment work in the Europe, India Middle East and Africa (EIMEA) and Asia Pacific regions and, upon completion of the analysis in the coming months, will announce any changes to the organizational structures in those regions.

Facilities scheduled for closure by mid-2013 are: Pointe-Claire, Quebec; Morris, IL; Kansas City, KS; Eugene, OR; Jackson, TN; and Dallas, TX. These facility closures will be staggered over the next 15 months and will result in approximately 90 job eliminations.

H.B. Fuller will consolidate its North America Adhesives business segment operations within its remaining U.S. facilities in California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Washington. These actions will reportedly increase manufacturing efficiency and enable the company to improve plant processes and use resources and technology more efficiently in the region.

In addition, the company will close the former Forbo corporate and research offices in Morrisville, NC, and has restructured its field sales and technical teams. These actions will eliminate approximately 40 positions in business management, Customer Service, Finance, Information Technology, Research and Development, and Sales. Selling, general and administrative positions that have not been eliminated will move to other H.B. Fuller locations, and the North Carolina offices will be vacated by February 2013.

“We are confident that the integration of our businesses will make H.B. Fuller an even stronger company,” said Traci Jensen, vice president for Americas Adhesives. “After a thorough analysis of the talented resources and manufacturing capacity and capability of the combined businesses, we have designed a new organization that will enable us to realize the full potential of the acquisition. The actions we are taking to remove duplication will make H.B. Fuller a more efficient company that is able to better serve our customers and well-positioned to achieve our strategic growth goals.”

For additional information, visit www.hbfuller.com