LI's Matrix Medical, Cooper Lighting announce layoffs

Cooper Lighting in Hicksville plans to lay off

Cooper Lighting in Hicksville plans to lay off 13 workers on Oct. 30, its second layoff this year. (Aug. 7, 2012) (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Two companies plan to lay off a total of 61 people in their Long Island operations by early November, with one calling it quits here after 10 years.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Matrix Medical Network plans to lay off 48 people in its Uniondale facility and shutter the operation, the company said in a mandatory filing under the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act dated last week.

The layoffs and closing end a 10-year run for Matrix Medical on Long Island. They come after the company lost a contract for the counseling it provided to help people make choices for end-of-life, or hospice, care, said spokesman Michael John.

As part of the closing, Matrix Medical has transferred 12 people from its Uniondale call center to one in Clearwater, Fla., John said.

The 48 people who will lose their jobs will receive severance pay and outplacement services, he said.

"This is obviously difficult for them, but they were appreciative of receiving the notice," John said.

The other company, Cooper Lighting in Hicksville, plans to lay off 13 workers on Oct. 30, its second layoff this year. In March, Cooper Lighting filed a notice saying it was laying off 26 people, or a quarter of its workforce.

The plant is a subunit of Cooper Industries Plc, a Dublin-based company that describes itself as an electrical-components and tool-manufacturing company. Cooper Industries' website lists its Houston operation as the administrative headquarters for Cooper U.S. Inc. That office didn't return phone calls seeking comment.

The Flushing-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3, which represents some of the Hicksville workers, also didn't return phone calls.

Under the state WARN Act, companies with at least 50 full-time employees must file a 90-day notice of a planned closing or mass layoff.

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