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LI manufacturer to close Huntington Station location, lay off 24

American Technical Ceramics plans to close its

 American Technical Ceramics plans to close its Huntington Station plant in 2020, according to a state filing.   Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

American Technical Ceramics Corp., a Huntington Station-based maker of electronic components, plans to close its manufacturing plant there and eliminate the jobs of 24 employees, according to a state regulatory notice.

Most of the plant's production processes had previously been moved to Mexico, according to federal filings.

In 2014, the company filed for financial aid for affected workers from the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, which provides training and support for workers whose jobs have been lost to foreign trade.

This time "a small group of production processes will be moved to Greenville, S.C. The remaining production, professional and office staff in Huntington Station, N.Y., will be laid off. Gradual closing will happen over the next two years," company officials stated in a TAA application  on May 9.  

The first phase of layoffs is expected to occur between Sept. 27 and Oct. 10. The plant's closing date listed on the WARN notice is Sept. 30, 2020.

Officials at American Technical did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment. 

The company has a total of 157 employees, its WARN notice states.  The state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN, requires companies with at least 50 full-time employees to file a notice of a mass layoff or closing 90 days in advance.

The company has a development and manufacturing center in Jacksonville, Florida; a customer service center serving Europe, Africa and the Middle East, in the Czech Republic, and regional sales offices in England and Germany, according to its website.

American Technical makes ceramic multilayer capacitors and customized thin film circuits that are used in commercial and military applications, including wireless, fiber optics, medical electronics, semiconductor manufacturing and satellite equipment, according the website.

AVX Corp., a Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based unit of the Japanese multinational conglomerate Kyocera Group, bought the company in 2007. Prior to the acquisition, American Technical had been publicly traded since 1986 and consistently reported strong sales and earnings growth, Newsday reported.

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