Tyco Electronics to lay off 20,000

March 04, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Tyco Electronics announced Wednesday that it will lay off 20,000 employees worldwide by September, effectively cutting its work force by more than 20 percent in a single fiscal year.

A company spokesman declined to reveal how the Waynesboro plant will be affected, nor share the number of affected employees statewide. The electronic components manufacturer closed its Carlisle, Pa., and Emigsville, Pa., plants during layoffs two months ago.

"There's certainly no specific plan for more layoffs at this point. (But) we have to monitor this situation daily," spokesman Mike Ratcliff said.

The Waynesboro plant employs 230 people, The Herald-Mail reported in December 2008.

Tyco, which reported having 96,000 employees at the beginning of its fiscal year in October 2008, produces components for household devices like computers, appliances, handheld devices and flat-screen televisions. The Waynesboro plant differs because it makes tools used to wire those devices.


"It's a product that we sell externally" to customers, Ratcliff said.

Tyco has 10 locations across Pennsylvania. Ratcliff said the latest round of layoffs affect not only the United States, but also Europe and Asia.

A "substantial" percentage of the cuts will come from not filling vacancies, eliminating contract workers and letting go of temporary employees, Ratcliff said.

"We use significant numbers of them because it helps balance our work force," he said.

Full-time employees will be offered severance packages during what is considered permanent layoffs, according to Ratcliff.

The Waynesboro plant, formerly known as Amp, opened in 1973, according to published reports. Plant Manager Scott Stine referred questions about the layoffs' local impact to Ratcliff.

The Associated Press reported that most employees affected by the layoffs lost their jobs immediately, while some will remain on the job during a transition period.

The company is based in Pembroke, Bermuda, but maintains its operational headquarters in Berwyn, Pa., the Associated Press reported.

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