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Integer to cut 120 jobs by closing Clarence plant

Integer Holdings Corp. plans to close its Greatbatch Medical plant in Clarence in a move that will eliminate 120 jobs, the battery and medical device manufacturer said.

The plant, which makes machined components and is located at 4096 Barton Road, is expected to close over the next year to 18 months, the company said.

The shutdown is part of a move by Integer to consolidate its machined component manufacturing at a plant in Brooklyn Park, Minn., that is operated by another integer subsidiary, Lake Region Medical.

Integer was known as Greatbatch Inc. until a name change last summer.

The remaining work done at the Clarence facility will be shifted to other Integer sites in Alden and Salem, Va.

“We determined that shifting production to sites with capacity for growth will optimize our existing operating infrastructure and best serve our customers for the long term,” said Thomas J. Hook, the company’s president and chief operating officer.

The shutdown of the Clarence facility still will leave Integer with substantial operations in the Buffalo Niagara region, centered around its plant in Alden that makes batteries and other products.

The company was founded in 1970 by Wilson Greatbatch, the local inventor who developed the pacemaker battery, and had grown to 680 workers by 2012. But nine months after Greatbatch died, the company announced it was moving its headquarters to Frisco, Texas, to be closer to the cluster of medical device manufacturers there.

Since then, its work force in the Buffalo Niagara region has grown to 985 workers today, spread out between four facilities in Clarence, Alden and Orchard Park, a company spokeswoman said.

Once the Barton Road facility closes, Integer still will have 240 workers at its corporate office on Wehrle Drive in Clarence, another 355 at its Alden production facility and 270 at a former Lake Region Medical site in Orchard Park that was part of its acquisition of the Massachusetts-based medical device manufacturer last year. The Orchard Park site focuses on products for the laparoscopy, orthopedic, sports medicine and ophthalmic markets.

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