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January 25, 2013

Merrimac Street firm moving jobs out of city

NEWBURYPORT — Mersen USA Newburyport will be cutting about 70 jobs at its manufacturing plant on Merrimac Street.

Company officials say the business will continue to employ about 130 workers at the local site.

In a statement, officials said that over the next several months, “We will transition these manufacturing operations to either a new facility in El Paso, our existing facility in Juarez, Mexico, or existing external suppliers.”

Natalie Zani, vice president of human relations at the local facility, yesterday said, “The transition will start in April and be finished in September.”

She said moving would be useful because the components made in Newburyport become part of equipment actually manufactured in the Texas-Mexico region.

Company officials say the action is designed to streamline the supply chain allowing Mersen to better serve its customers.

Mersen produces high-performance materials for extreme environments and in the reliability and safety of electrical installations.

It provides industrial, commercial and OEM customers with innovative products and unsurpassed technical support.

The company is based in France, and Newburyport is the key division in North America. The company leases its space on Merrimac Street, and has no current plans to replace workers with employees doing other jobs.

Company literature says that the electrical and circuit protection division provides a comprehensive line of current-limiting fuses, low voltage, general purpose, medium voltage, semiconductor, miniature and glass and special purpose.

The company’s statement added, “We are committed to working with the approximately 70 affected employees and will be providing severance, benefits and services to help assist these employees and their families through this transition.”

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