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Teleflex Marine's neighbor staying put

January 09, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- As Teleflex Marine, a boat parts manufacturer, gets ready to close its Western Maryland Parkway plant this year, a company that shares the building is staying put.

In January 2008, Kongsberg Automotive, a Norway-based company, took over an industrial business from Teleflex and purchased the building.

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation records show that Kongsberg Power Product Systems purchased 101 Western Maryland Parkway, near Hagerstown, from T F X Marine for $3,514,000.

The transaction included 16.87 acres and a 105,353-square-foot building.

Scott Trayer, Kongsberg's operations manager, said Teleflex has been leasing about 60 percent of the building and Kongsberg uses the rest.

Kongsberg - which makes industrial cables, pedal systems and control systems - might look for another tenant when Teleflex Marine leaves or it might expand into the vacant space, Trayer said.

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Kongsberg has about 85 employees, he said.

The Herald-Mail reported Friday that Teleflex Marine will close in the coming months.

The notice Teleflex filed last month with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation says 93 employees will lose jobs and the plant closing will take effect Feb. 6.

However, Peter Thomas, the executive director of the Western Maryland Consortium, a government agency that helps displaced workers, said Thursday that Teleflex expects to lay off employees in phases and shut down by June.

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