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Greatbatch to close Electrochem Solutions plant in Beaverton

Employees to lose jobs as company moves operations to Mexico


Beaverton employees of Electrochem Solutions, a subsidiary of Greatbatch Inc., will lose their jobs as the company moves its portable medical manufacturing operations to Mexico during the next 18 months.

According to a company press release, the initiative is "a continuation of the company’s investment in technology, capacity and capabilities in support of deepening its global customer relationships."

Portable medical manufacturing currently performed at facilities in Beaverton and Raynham, Mass. will transfer to a new facility in Tijuana, Mexico, by the end of 2015. That plant is near the company’s current production center in Tijuana. Products currently manufactured in Beaverton that do not serve the portable medical market will transfer to the company’s Raynham facility.

The Beaverton operation, formally Micro Power Electronics, was acquired by Greatbatch in late 2011. At that time, the Beaverton facility had 275 employees.

That number apparently has decreased, as Greatbatch now says it "is committed to minimizing impacts on the approximately 170 associates" likely affected by the manufacturing transfers.

"Greatbatch will provide these associates with a comprehensive package of services, including placement assistance and career counseling, assisting their transition into new roles with other organizations over the next 18 months," the press release states.

“We will work closely with our Oregon outplacement agency Career Partners International to help impacted associates over the 18-month transition,” said J. Michael Druding, executive director of Beaverton Operations, Greatbatch. “We have also reached out to local officials and WorkSource Oregon for their assistance.”

In June of last year, Greatbatch said it would realign its operating structure to move forward as a singular entity.

“This initiative provides Greatbatch with increased capacity and capability making us more competitive to capture market share and — most importantly – best serve our customers for the long term,” said Andrew Holman, executive vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Greatbatch.