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McCoy Electronics to close

50 jobs will be lost

June 12, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The closing in September of the McCoy Electronics factory will cost the company's 50 employees their jobs, a spokeswoman for McCoy's parent company said Tuesday.

The plant at 80 Landis Drive specializes in quartz crystals, oscillators and filters for the communications, testing, and aerospace industries. It opened in Mercersburg in 1974, said Corning spokeswoman Beth Dann.

McCoy is owned by Corning Frequency Control Inc., a division of Corning Inc., based in Corning, N.Y.

Dann said some of McCoy's workers will be offered jobs in another Corning Frequency Control plant in Mount Holly, Pa., while the rest will be given severance packages. The company also will help any workers who want to enroll in job training programs, she said.

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Corning acquired McCoy Electronics as part of the package when it bought Oak Industries in 1999, Dann said.

She said the Mercersburg plant is closing because of the downturn in the telecommunications industry.

Last week, Connie Stevens of Mercersburg, a McCoy's employee slated to be out of work when the plant closes, was at a jobs fair in Chambersburg. She was visiting booths staffed by more than 60 prospective employers and job training programs.

Stevens said at the time she was there to learn what job opportunities and training programs would be available to her in September after McCoy Electronics shuts down its plant.

She said she was encouraged by what she learned at the fair.

"It's disappointing news," L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. in Chambersburg, said of the plant closing. "Our first priority will be to assist the workers get new training and find new jobs."

He said workers at the electronics firm are considered semi-skilled factory workers.

"They're in a specialty niche," he said. "It will be hard for them to find work in a similar situation, but there are other opportunities in our local economy."

Ross said his office would also try to find a new tenant when the McCoy's plant becomes vacant.

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