BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New Era Cap Co. is planning to close the western New York plant where caps for Major League Baseball are made.
A statement from the Buffalo-based headwear maker Tuesday says the industry trend has been away from companies owning and operating their own manufacturing facilities.
New Era says the Derby plant, near Buffalo, makes about 2 percent of its total product, with the rest coming from a global production network. It says the caps worn by MLB players during games will continue to be made in the United States, with production shifting to its 5th & Ocean facility in Opa Locka, Florida.
The company's headquarters and its 337 employees would remain in Buffalo.