Osram Sylvania Closing Puerto Rico Plant

Closing will eliminate 114 jobs.

Gurabo, Puerto Rico (AP) - Lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania said late Wednesday it will close an automotive equipment plant in central Puerto Rico, eliminating 114 jobs.

The Massachusetts-based company, which made cables connecting car radios to antennas at its Gurabo plant, will shut down the factory in October due to decreased demand, Osram said in a statement.

The business has struggled in recent years because of decisions by automakers to produce the cables themselves. Osram Sylvania’s clients also changed requirements for the antenna cables-which the company no longer met, said Larry Lugo, plant manager,

The dismissed workers will receive training and help applying for government assistance and finding other jobs. The company will sell the 50,000 square-foot plant, which has been in operation since 1969, Osram said.

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