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Nearly 500 Labinal Power Systems layoffs to start in July

Labinal Power Systems plans to cut nearly 500 jobs from its manufacturing plant in Salisbury starting in July, as the defense contractor starts layoffs connected to the shutdown of its Eastern Shore operations.

The 480 layoffs, to start in July and extend through December 2016, were disclosed Friday by the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which received notice from the company as required by law under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act.

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The company, a unit of French aerospace firm Safran, is one of Wicomico County's biggest employers, with about 650 people in January when it announced plans to close the Salisbury factory by the end of 2016 and consolidate operations in Texas.

About 100 workers have agreed to relocate to Texas, said Labinal spokeswoman Kerri Fulks. Some additional offers will be extended, while other employees have left the company voluntarily since the closure was announced, she said.

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Labinal supplies aircraft parts, including wire harnesses for military aircraft such as the Boeing Chinook helicopter. Its decision to leave Salisbury prompted pleas from Sen. Barbara Mikulski and others for the firm to change its mind.

Salisbury Mayor James Ireton said he is hopeful that the area economy is diversified enough to withstand the loss of the firm. He pointed to an expansion of the Jubilant Cadista pharmaceutical manufacturing center, which is expected to add about 300 jobs.

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