Winchester Electronics will cut jobs at its Rock Hill manufacturing site and eventually move to a smaller facility, according to a statement the company released this week.
The statement does not provide details on how workers will be affected, if widespread layoffs are expected or when the cuts will take place.
Wallingford, Conn.-based Winchester purchased the former Kings Electronics in May and said it expects integration of the two firms will cause "some downsizing, which requires moving into a smaller facility," according to the company statement.
Winchester spokesman Howard Geltzer issued the statement when The Herald questioned the company about layoffs after hearing rumors that cuts were on the way. But Geltzer said the company isn't revealing any more information at this time.
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"You have to interpret it for what it's worth. Downsizing means less people over time, but that's all we're prepared to say at this point," Geltzer said. "As far as how many or a timeline, I can't answer that."
When asked if the company's move would be to another Rock Hill location, Geltzer said those details were not available.
Winchester's Rock Hill plant, located in Waterford Business Park, manufactures coaxial connectors for the broadcasting, telecommunication and aviation industries.
The Rock Hill plant was opened as Kings Electronics in 1998, after Kings moved operations from New York to Waterford. But the employer of more than 160 workers in the late 1990s was forced to lay off about 50 workers when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks slowed aircraft production at Boeing, a major Kings client.
After the purchase by Winchester, the company continued to employ about 100 workers at its Rock Hill site. Former Kings president Bob Dock, who is no longer with the company, in May said the merger would benefit customers because Winchester had a strong technical and manufacturing background.
Winchester maintains operations in Rock Hill, Connecticut, China, Mexico and Malaysia and employs about 800 people worldwide.