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Sikorsky to Close Horseheads Plant

Written By: Joe Melillo
Sikorsky to Close Horseheads Plant

     HORSEHEADS, NY (WENY) -- Company officials confirm Sikorsky will close its Military Completions Center in Horseheads at the end of the year.
     In a statement, Sirkosky cites "declining defense budgets" and global economic weakness as reasons for the plant closing. Approximately 575 people work at the Military Completions Center, they were informed today of the closure. Sikorsky says it plans to provide transition support to its employees.
     County leaders say the area will feel the ripple effect from the loss of this established business.
"We always talk about the multiply impact to create new manufacturing jobs in the area, will this has the same impact when we lose manufacturing jobs, so there are going to be people that are going to lose their jobs in retail places and residential places." said George Miner, President of Southern Tier Economic Growth.
"There are local businesses that supply Sikorsky, there are hotels, there are restaurants there are retail stores it is all of the above when you take roughly 30 -35 million dollars out of the economy its going to have a huge ripple effect," explained Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli. 
    Both Santulli and Miner
 say they don't know what will happen either building once they're vacated at the end of the year.

The following is a statement from Sikorsky spokesman, Paul Jackson:

"Due to declining defense budgets and the continuing economic weakness in many markets, Sikorsky today informed employees of its intent to close the Sikorsky Military Completions Center (SMCC) in Horseheads as of December 31, 2012.  Faced with these difficult economic conditions, we must eliminate excess production capacity and increase operational efficiencies to remain competitive.  We will work with the employees to provide as much transition support as we can during this difficult time."