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Viant to close Monticello plant, cut 70 jobs

Viant will close its production plant in Monticello later this year, laying off 70 employees.

The Foxborough, Mass.-based medical equipment manufacturer notified employees Sept. 14 of the job cuts in connection with the plant closing, according to a notice on the Iowa Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification website, which requires employers to publicly disclose layoff numbers.

The notice said Viant will close the plant Nov. 16.

The company has 25 other locations in the United States and abroad. Monticello, in northern Jones County, had a population of 3,796 as of the 2010 Census, the latest data available.

Monticello city administrator Doug Herman said his office knew Viant was considering closing the plant, which primarily does plastic injection molding, as early as March.

The company was previously known as MedPlast before rebranding itself as Viant, and it moved its headquarters to Massachusetts earlier this summer.

Herman said the plant manager in Monticello expressed interest in buying the plant from Viant and running it as an independent company, but Viant had too high of an asking price and wanted to supply their current customers with equipment from their other plants.

“That really stood in the way of him making a purchase, because there wouldn’t be a customer base and it wouldn’t have made sense for him,” he said.

Viant representatives at the Monticello plant referred questions to the company’s corporate office, which did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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Herman said Jones County Economic Development fielded at least one inquiry about the plant’s availability, but it’s too early in the process to know if there’s serious interest in the plant.

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