Germany-based Drager, a company that supplies the oil and gas industry with safety equipment, has plans to close down its’ Pittsburgh facility by summer of 2016.
Drager Safety Inc., located at 101 Technology Drive in Pittsburgh, will be closed for good in July 2016. According to Drager’s announcement, the closing is part of the company’s plan to realign its operations and see that work is done in other locations, such as Houston where Drager will be expanding its current operations. Drager North America President Lothar Thielen explained in a statement how the closing is due to market conditions and that leaving Pittsburgh was a very tough decision:
We have been in Pittsburgh since 1977 and have many ties to the community, so this was a very difficult decision for the company to make … Our expanded presence in the Houston area and other U.S. sites will enable Drager to enhance efficiencies and offer best-in-class service and support to customers and channel partners in the U.S. Our focus on these objectives is the driving force behind this change.
Drager Safety currently employs 150 people, and each of them will be affected differently by the closing of the facility. Drager explained how some employees will be transferred to other locations, while some will have their jobs taken over by other employees. Drager is working with Lee Hecht Harrison, an outplacement firm, to help find work and other opportunities for the employees that are being laid-off.
Although the company is closing down its facility and leaving Pittsburgh, Drager does intend to stay in the mining and fire safety industries. In a statement, Drager explained that the industries are still important to the company and it will continue to serve them.