ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Company officials at the Energizer plant in St. Albans, Vt., say the battery and flashlight plant is closing by next September.
The closing would leave about 165 people jobless.
Company spokesman Ken Fields says people these days need fewer of the lithium batteries that St. Albans has making since 1989.
He says more people are using smartphones with rechargeable batteries. And they’re not using multiple devices like a pager and a camera.
The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/S45Hqb) the company said the flashlight production will be moved to other Energizer plants or sourced from its global supplier network.
The St. Louis-based company announced Thursday it plans to cut roughly 10 percent of its workforce as part of a cost-cutting overhaul that would eliminate about 1,500 jobs.