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State and local officials responded by providing Eaton with $3.5 million in incentives to keep the plant open, in exchange for a 10-year agreement to remain in Hutchinson.
The Eaton Hydraulics plant in Hutchinson, KS closed in October 2017, ending nearly 30 years of operations in the city. Approximately 100 jobs were lost. At its peak, Eaton employed 450 workers in Hutchinson. The facility made components for piston and gear pumps used in agriculture and construction, and the company blamed the closure on falling demand for these products. It follows another plant closure by Eaton in late 2016 in Spencer, IA, which caused 140 lost jobs. In 2006, Eaton had threatened to close the plant. State and local officials responded by providing Eaton with $3.5 million in incentives to keep the plant open, in exchange for a 10 year agreement to remain in Hutchinson. At that time, about a third of the work was moved to Mexico and 150 people were laid off. This agreement ended in 2016 and just over a year later, the plant was shuttered. The plant had already undergone a wave of layoffs in 2016 which eliminated 30% of its workforce. The components work performed in Hutchinson will be moved to Queretaro, Mexico. Eaton’s operational headquarters is in Beachwood, OH, near Cleveland, but for tax reasons, the company is actually headquartered in Ireland.