Norwich plant to close, over 100 to lose jobs

By Conor Mooney

February 1, 2014 Updated Feb 2, 2014 at 1:08 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Norwich plant is slated to close, costing the county over 100 jobs, according to the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce.

Norwich Aero is expected to close its doors for good in early 2015, putting 120 employees out of work.

Norwich Aero's parent company, Esterline, informed employees late last year of some restructuring planned for the future, but members of the chamber of commerce said there was no indication of closing the plant.

"To say that this news comes as a surprise is an understatement, given the ongoing strong performance of the Norwich Aero plant,” said Steve Craig, President & CEO, Commerce Chenango.

Norwich Aero was founded in 1983 and specialize in manufacturing temperature, pressure, speed and mass flow sensors, according to the company's website.

The manufacturing work will be relocated to Mexico.

Craig added, “Commerce Chenango has reached out to state and federal partners to explore ways to lessen the impact on the local economy, and to assist displaced workers to find new employment.”