Batesville Plant Closing, Leaving 78 Out of Work

Zila Inc., of Fort CollinsColo., announced Wednesday that it would close its Batesville plant within 60 days, leaving 78 people out of work.

"The manufacturing of these products and the sale of these products is being moved to another U.S.-based company, Denmat," Zila CEO David Speights told Arkansas Business Friday.

At the plant, Zila made dental scalers, which are used by dental hygienist to clean teeth, and a number of soft tissue lasers dentists use for oral surgery.

On Thursday, Zila announced that Denmat Holdings LLC of Lompoc, Calif., bought nearly all of Zila's assets for a price that wasn't disclosed.

"We are thrilled to know that the legacy of Zila's products will continue on with such a strong and well-respected global dental organization in Denmat," Speights said in a news release.

Speights told Arkansas Business that he didn't have employees' pay ranges at the Batesville plant immediately available. But if he did, he wouldn't release them, he said.

The plant had been in operation since the 1980s.

In 2006, Zila bought Professional Dental Technologies of Batesville for $34 million. At the time, the Batesville company had about 350 employees and made oral care products that were sold to directly to dental offices.