Springfield Wire Eliminating 180 Jobs

Over the next 18 months, the company will phase out operations as it moves production to China and Mexico.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Springfield Wire has announced plans to move manufacturing operations overseas, cutting about 180 jobs. The company will phase out operations over the next 18 months, moving the jobs to plants in China and Mexico.

The company makes heating elements and assemblies for the appliance, food service, automotive and air conditioning industries.

Company president and chief executive William Bradford says the decision is based on global competition and the pressures it applies to costs and prices. The company will keep its headquarters and about 30 jobs in Springfield.