SentrySafe to move from Rochester – 350 jobs lost

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Pittsford, N.Y. (WROC) – SentrySafe, founded in Rochester by the Brush family in 1930, and currently owned by Master Lock will relocate all of its operation to Wisconsin and Mexico.

SentrySafe confirmed that they are shutting down their Pittsford location. More than 350 jobs are going to be lost and relocated to other areas.

Oak Creek, Wis. is where SentrySafe’s parent company, Master Lock, is headquartered. Master Lock acquired SentrySafe last June.

SentrySafe produces fire-resistant personal safes, filing cabinets and protective security containers.

Master Lock said they decided to relocate SentrySafe to stay competitive in the marketplace.

Jim Brush, the third generation owner of SentrySafe told WXXI News Tuesday, he and his brother would have never sold the company to Master Lock if they had known the company would eliminate jobs in the Rochester region.

“I’m sick. That’s three generations. I’m thinking of my father and my grandfather and all the sweat equity they put into it,” Brush said. “And most importantly the jobs here in Rochester. Not only in our place but supply organizations. It makes me sick none of us saw this coming.”

Wayne Lindo, a 5-year employee of SentrySafe told News8 he is devastated.

“”It’s not good its bad it’s very sad,” Lando said. “They said this company will close in one year, this time next year in June and everyone was heartbroken.”

Locals think it’s going to be a detriment to the East Rochester area.

“And East Rochester you have lots of small restaurants and stuff and people working these jobs here, they go down and get lunch and buy dinner for their families there,” said William Magoffin, an East Rochester resident. “They are going to lose customers because 300 jobs are being lost here…and it’s 300 potential customers of all of East Rochester.”

George Conboy of Brighton Securities said this loss may cost the local economy 30-million dollars.

Bill Smith, the Town Supervisor in Pittsford said he will do whatever he can to help re-employ those who are losing their jobs. 

The plan is for SentrySafe to cease operations in Rochester by June of next year. The company was founded and has been a staple in this community since 1930.

The entire press release by Master Lock can be found below:

The Master Lock Company (TMLC) has made the business decision to close SentrySafe in Rochester, NY and Cannelton, IN and relocate all functions, with the exception of national account managers, into its existing locations in Oak Creek, WI and Nogales, Mexico. The migration of our capabilities will take place in phases beginning in January 2016 and our plan is to cease operations at the Rochester and Cannelton locations by June 2016. 

This decision has been made to help us remain competitive in the marketplace as we optimize our operational footprint by consolidating locations and adding meaningful scale to our other existing facilities.

Our decision is in no way a reflection of the successes, talents and skills of the SentrySafe team. We’re incredibly impressed with their commitment to build a great company.

We have informed the 350 employees of this news far in advance and will provide severance and job placement services in order to help them plan for a transition into their next job opportunity. Additionally, we will have open positions at The Master Lock Company headquarters in Oak Creek, WI as well as other opportunities throughout our organization. Some employees have already been offered positions and relocation opportunities. Other offers will be made to the most qualified individuals.

We continue to believe that SentrySafe is a great fit for Master Lock as both companies deliver iconic brands with strong market share, consumer awareness and significant potential to leverage the brands globally.

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