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Plans to close Salisbury plant a blow to economy
Plans to close Salisbury plant a blow to economy

A Texas defense contractor appears unlikely to reverse a decision to close its plant in Salisbury, despite appeals by elected officials, including Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. The Eastern Shore city, still working its way back from the recession, is eyeing a future without the company's 650 jobs to shore up its tax and employment base. Labinal Power Systems is an aircraft parts supplier that makes wire harnesses for military aircraft, including the Boeing Chinook helicopter, at the Salisbury plant. The company, a unit of French aerospace firm Safran, announced plans last month to close the plant by the end of 2016, consolidating its operations in Texas, citing increasing competition...