An Omaha facility that has gone through multiple owners and that once employed thousands of people, will close for good next year.
CommScope, Inc. a company that makes products for computer networks, announced Wednesday it will close its Omaha plant next year. An exact date was not given. The manufacturing activity at the plant is being moved to other locations in the United States.
The Connectivity Solutions operation in Omaha, near 120th and L Streets, is located on the property that was once home to Western Electric.
CommScope announced in January of this year that it was conducting a review of the plant that would decide its future direction.
The company employs approximately 400 people at its operation in Omaha, all of whom will be affected by the manufacturing relocation.
Another 70 employees in non-manufacturing corporate functions, who currently are housed in the Omaha plant, are expected to relocate to a new Omaha location prior to the plant’s closing.
In a news release Eddie Edwards, president and chief operating officer, said “A combination of difficult circumstances—including facility underutilization, high labor costs, customers’ spending slowdown and their demand for lower-cost products—is causing CommScope to commit to alternative manufacturing options in order to satisfy customers while protecting the profitability of our business.”
“These actions are difficult yet unavoidable, and we regret the hardship on our employees. We are grateful to our CSMI Omaha workforce for their outstanding service.”