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MD Electronics to shut Jamestown plant, eliminate 87 jobs

MD Electronics plans to close its Jamestown plant, eliminating 87 jobs by year's end.

The Germany-based company is shifting the plant's work to Mexico, said Samantha Cotten, a spokeswoman for Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. MD Electronics started production at a new plant there last year.

MD Electronics notified the state Labor Department it will make the first of the 87 job cuts in late December and finish all the layoffs two weeks later.

In a statement about the impending shutdown, Reed said the "trend of moving good-paying jobs out of the country needs to end."

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Reed blamed "broken tax, trade and regulatory codes that incentivize companies to uproot and move operations out of the U.S." Reed also said the planned closing is "a direct result of the unfavorable business climate in New York State."

The company's president, Bruce Dudgeon, did not return a message to comment Thursday.

MD Electronics opened the Jamestown plant, its first U.S. production site, in 2009. The plant makes cables for the automotive industry.

A 2015 Jamestown Post-Journal report said the plant started with four employees and had grown to more than 200 workers, making cables used in auto audio systems and vehicle cameras for customers including Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes plants in the United States.

A 2015 Dunkirk Observer story said the MD Electronics plant was making 12,000 cables per day – the equivalent of 60 miles of cable.

 

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