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Jotun Moves to Restructure US Business

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun Paints Inc. (Sandefjord, Norway) has announced that it is restructuring its business in the United States.

“The new set-up will ensure that customers are served fast and accurately by improved logistics and products especially developed for the U.S. market,” the company said in a press release at the end of last month.

The change will result in the closing of its production site in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

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Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun Paints Inc. (Sandefjord, Norway) has announced that it is restructuring its business in the United States.

“We are sincerely grateful for the efforts put down by all our U.S. employees, many of who will remain employed throughout the U.S.,” said Bjørn Wallentin, President of Jotun. “Those who will be made redundant due to the closing of the site in Belle Chasse will be offered financial support as well as assistance to find new employment.”

According to the release, Jotun will be headquartered in Houston and products will be supplied from Jotun factories overseas, while product development remains in the U.S.   

“We look forward to offering a product assortment optimized for the US market to better serve our customers’ needs, Wallentin said. “Our new agile organization will also offer improved delivery service.

“Jotun’s team of dedicated chemists continue to develop new products especially tailored to serve market needs in the U.S. This, together with improved network distribution and ability to deliver on time in full, our ambition is to create new growth and increase both sales and market shares.”

The company noted that it has struggled with cost, and the restructuring of the company aims to support its future growth ambitions in the U.S.

Approximately 65 U.S. employees will remain employed by Jotun Paints Inc. 

   

Tagged categories: Business matters; Business operations; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Good Technical Practice; Jotun; NA; North America

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