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Ronkonkoma electronics company moving to Miss.

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The Ronkonkoma company WPG Americas Inc., an electronics distribution office, is relocating to Mississippi where it will move into a 60-employee facility near the Memphis, Tenn., airport, the Mississippi Development Authority said. 

The Ronkonkoma office is one of 25 WPG Americas Inc. locations in the United States, and the only one in New York State. 

Officials at WPG, a top competitor for Melville-based Arrow Electronics Inc., did not respond to several requests for comment on how the move would affect the Ronkonkoma workforce, or the number of jobs affected. 

WPG does not have a layoff advisory posted with the state Labor Department, which requires employers to submit a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN notice) 90 days before a business shuts down. 

The new facility will be in Southaven, Miss., where WPG plans to spend $1.5 million on the project, creating 60 jobs. 

Local governments offered incentives through the Mississippi Development Authority and DeSoto County Economic Development Council. 

Among the products WPG distributes are Samsung semiconductors; LightPath industrial optical lenses; Cree light-emitting diodes; and HelloSoft VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) mobile telecom systems. 

Reginald Durham, a WPG director, said in a statement released by the Mississippi agency, "… we are confident that the decision to move to a modern and efficient facility, so well situated near a major transportation hub, will result in improved quality and faster service for our customers." 

WPG Americas is a member of WPG Holdings, one of the world’s largest distributors of electronics with sales of more than $8 billion.

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