Long-time Vermont battery producer moving to Wisconsin

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FILE – A revoving stuffed Energizer bunny greets visitors to Energizers world headquarters in this Jan. 21, 2003 file photo taken in St. Louis. Energizer Holdings said Wednesday April 30, 2014 it plans to split into two separate, publicly traded companies, one that would sell batteries and other household items, and the other to sell personal care brands such as Edge shaving gel. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Energizer says it is closing a manufacturing facility in Vermont and moving it to Wisconsin.

In a two-paragraph note sent Thursday to local officials, Energizer Brands Director of Government Affairs Marcus Boolish said the battery company’s specialty manufacturing facility in Bennington would be moving to a company facility in Portage, Wisconsin.

Boolish says that in order to be successful, the company is “making significant investments to better utilize our existing manufacturing facilities, reduce complexity in our operations, and enhance service to our customers.”

The Bennington Banner reports that three local state lawmakers said in a statement they had reached out to the governor’s office and they hope it might be possible to keep Energizer in the community.
It’s unclear how many people work the plant.

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