Energizer says Vermont battery plant move to Portage will take until 2021 to complete

Energizer says Vermont battery plant move to Portage will take until 2021 to complete

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Portage ex-Rayovac plant

The former Rayovac plant in Portage was part of a deal by Spectrum Brands to sell the battery unit to Energizer Holdings.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Energizer says the closing and move to Wisconsin of its Vermont manufacturing plant will occur in phases and is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2021.

Company spokeswoman Nikki Eaves told the Bennington Banner in an email Monday that "there are no immediate job impacts and operations will continue through 2020." Eaves confirmed that about 90 employees work at the Bennington facility.

Energizer announced last week that the battery company's specialty manufacturing facility in Bennington would be moving to a company facility in Portage.

Energizer acquired Rayovac earlier this year. Eaves says Rayovac has a specialty battery manufacturing plant in Wisconsin and said the batteries can be produced more efficiently in one facility.

Local and state officials have said they would help workers find new jobs.

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