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Rock Hill jobs at Tyco safe -- for now

The layoffs announced this week by Tyco Electronics will not include the Rock Hill plant, which employs 510 people, company officials said Tuesday.

The company began laying off workers in Pennsylvania and Oregon on Monday. It plans to cut its work force by 2,500 employees worldwide over the next three months, according to Tyco spokesman Mike Ratcliff.

Tyco officials could not confirm whether future layoffs would affect the Rock Hill plant.

The layoffs come as part of the company's restructuring, because of a sharp decline in demand for its products. Ratcliff said the company is anticipating a revenue decline of 16 percent to 19 percent in the quarter that ends this month.

Employees who received a layoff notice on Monday will be terminated on Friday and will receive a severance package, Ratcliff said.

Tyco makes electronic components used in automotive, computer and other industries.

The Rock Hill plant opened in 1998 and is located off Porter Road near Interstate 77. Tyco employs 26,000 people in North and South America and 96,000 people worldwide.

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