Coleman Plant In Sauk Rapids Closing, Eliminating 175 Jobs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Coleman Co. will close its plant in Sauk Rapids, resulting in 175 people losing their jobs.

The Star Tribune reports Coleman, owned by Newell Brands, notified the state that the plant would close by the end of the year.

In the filing, Coleman said it is ceasing production at Sauk Rapids and that layoffs will be permanent. Layoffs will be on or around Dec. 31.

Coleman acquired the plant in 2008 when it bought Stearns Inc., a maker of life jackets for industrial, government and recreational markets. According to Stearns website, Coleman has invested millions in the Sauk Rapids facility since the acquisition.

Atlanta-based Newell decided to close the plant as it exits the Stearns industrial and government line of flotation products it was making there, the company said in a statement. The Stearns recreational line will continue.