Telemecanique ready to close its Carroll County plant

September 13, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER -- Telemecanique, Inc., one of Carroll County's largest industries, will take its local manufacturing operations south, forcing its 250 employees to consider relocating to the Carolinas to keep their jobs.

The company, which makes automation equipment, has been merged into Square D Co., a Palatine, Ill., firm owned by the same parent corporation as Telemecanique.

MA "The move has been considered for very long time, but it made

sense to do it now that the official announcement [of the merger] has been made," said Square D spokesman Robert P. Fiorani.

"It makes sense to combine the plants to maximize effective manufacturing and distribution of products," he said.

All Telemecanique employees here will be considered for jobs at the company's automation and business control plants in Asheville or Raleigh, N.C., or in Columbia, S.C., if they wish to relocate, Mr. Fiorani said.

But he refused to say how many jobs would be available at the Carolina plants.

He also said the company might pay some employees' relocation expenses, but declined to specify which employees would get that benefit.

"Those who do not choose to relocate, of which I believe there will be quite a few, will receive severance and [out-placement] benefits," Mr. Fiorani said. "The severance packages will be decided locally."

State and county officials went to South Carolina in July to discuss Square D's concerns and to work out problems the company may have had with their Maryland operations, Mr. Bair said.

But Mr. Fiorani said the move is strictly a business decision.

"There is no reflection on the company's relationship with the area, not at all," he said. "When corporations make decisions like this, there is always that feeling."

James C. Threatte, the county's former economic development director, told the county Economic Development Commission in May that he believed Telemecanique would be moving, but later recanted the statement.

At that time, Pat DeGall, the company's vice president, said no decision had been made to phase out operations in Carroll.

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