Kodak Closes 2 Plants, Cuts Jobs
Nov. 12, 2002
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Eastman Kodak Co. is closing two manufacturing operations in New York and Mexico and cutting up to 800 jobs as it struggles to rebound from a two-year slump in film sales it blamed largely on a downturn in the U.S. economy.
The closings announced Tuesday are part of a plan to eliminate between 1,300 and 1,700 jobs, or up to 2.3 percent of its global payroll.
Kodak said it will close its single-use camera plant in Rochester, N.Y., next July, laying off about 500 people. Production will shift to Kodak's plants in China and Mexico, which already are supplying the U.S. and world markets.
The company also will shut its sensitizing operation in Guadalajara, Mexico, next April because of overcapacity in the imaging industry. About 300 jobs will be cut but the plant will continue to employ 3,000 people.
``Where possible, Kodak will work to redeploy affected employees to open positions in business areas that are growing, or to fill positions currently held by contract personnel,'' said Robert Berman, Kodak vice president and director of human resources.
The company previously announced plans to eliminate 550 jobs in its global manufacturing and logistic units and 150 positions in research and development. The company eliminated 7,000 jobs last year, shrinking its work force to 75,000 people.
The latest cuts will result in a restructuring charge of $130 million to $170 million, nearly all of it taken in the fourth quarter.
Kodak controls about two-third of the U.S. film market but profits have been pinched by falling prices and a plunge in film sales dating back to August 2000.
Last month, Kodak posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings of $334 million, or $1.15 a share, up from $96 million, or 33 cents a share, a year ago.
Shares of Kodak gained 63 cents to $34.11 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
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