Illinois manufacturer shifts two plants to Juarez, Mexico due in part to Trump’s tariffs
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Stack-on Products, a manufacturer of security storage solutions, will close two plants in northern Illinois and moving operations to Juarez, Mexico to counteract the effects of metal tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The company will lay off 153 people at its plants located in McHenry and Wauconda, Illinois where Stack-on is also headquartered. Closure will take place Oct. 12.
Citing as source an official from Alpha Guardian, Stack-on’s parent company, the Tribune said the manufacturer made the decision to relocate operations to the border city of Juarez about two months ago, when Trump announced tariffs on goods and materials from China and other countries.
Some employees will be given the option to relocate to El Paso, Texas, just over the border from the Juarez plant, Human resources director Al Fletcher said.
Stack-On makes security storage solutions for home, office, and industrial applications. It offers total defense, elite, personal, security, and stack-on safes; gun and archery bow cabinets; storage and reloading units and accessories, such as 4-position pistol racks, cabinet single double organizers, cable locks, rechargeable cordless dehumidifiers, moisture elimination packets, magnetic labels, electrical cord accessory kits, security safe jewelry cases and LED directional lights.
The company also provides portable pistol valuable cases and fire rated and waterproof safes; tool chests and cabinets, tool boxes, and workbenches; assembled and ready to assemble garage storage solutions; and drawer cabinets, storage boxes, and bins storage units. It serves sportsmen, law enforcement, consumers, do-it-yourselfers, maintenance personnel, mechanics, the trades, and hobbyists worldwide.
Stack-on has a plant in China and the facility in Mexico. Its only U.S. factories were the two in Illinois.