Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report: January 14, 2022

(Date of earliest event reported)


The Eastern Company

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer

of incorporation)




identification No.)


112 Bridge Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


(203) 729-2255

 (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, No Par Value


NASDAQ Global Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


Emerging Growth Company   ☐


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.   ☐





Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On January 14, 2022, The Eastern Company (the “Company”) executed a Termination Agreement (the “Agreement”) with James P. Woidke, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer dated as of January 14, 2022.  The purpose of this agreement is to provide termination benefits to Mr. Woidke should he become terminated by the Company.   


A copy of the Termination Agreement is filed herewith as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference. The foregoing description of the Termination Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Termination Agreement.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


Exhibit No.








Termination Agreement, dated as of January 14, 2022, between the Company and James P. Woidke.






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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.



The Eastern Company






Date: January 18, 2022


/s/John L. Sullivan III




John L. Sullivan III

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer






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