An aluminum and power tool manufacturer is shutting down in Gainesville, leaving 56 people jobless.

WXIA-TV Atlanta: “GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An aluminum and power tool manufacturer is shutting down in Gainesville, leaving 56 people jobless.

Hibino Corporation of America says it will lay off the manufacturing and office employees in phases starting next month. All Hibino jobs should be gone by next February.

Japanese-based Hibino opened its first North American office ten years ago in Hall County.

Hibino was a major supplier to Makita Corporation, which made power tools, saws and hand-drills in Buford. An agreement between the two companies has been halted since Makita unveiled plans two years ago to move its manufacturing operations from the United States to China.”

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