Employees Laid Off at Endicott Interconnect

By Matt Porter

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 7:37 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Phillip Stetson worked at IBM, now Endicott Interconnect, for 38 years.

But he knew that time was almost up.

"We didn't have a clue when per se," said Stetson, "But unless something drastic happened and horrendous contracts came in with work, there was nothing for people to do."

Last Friday, he got that call not to come into work on Monday.

Stetson said the difference of the company now from when he began was striking.

"At one point the departments were working seven days a week," he said, "And now they're down to when I left, they were working three days a week."

Stetson said little communication about anything from the top left a contradicting environment at the end.

"They sent a note out, came across our emails, have a happy holiday," he said, "And then a few days later there were layoffs."

The New York Department of Labor said the stagnant economy has caused most manufacturing companies to slim down, including here at Endicott Interconnect.

"Unfortunately, we're probably looking into the future, some more declines as the industry tries to figure out what size and shape, and dynamic of itself in the new industry is," said Christian Harris, an analyst at the state department of labor.

The labor department reported computer and electronic product manufacturing jobs in Binghamton fell by 800 since October 2011.

It also reported that Endicott Interconnect shed 250 jobs from 2010 to 2011.

We do not know how many employees are working there now.

Analysts at the labor department said laid off employees can take up to two years to find another job.

Stetson is determined not to be that statistic.

"I'm not going to sit back and not get a job," he said, "It doesn't have to be a high end job, but I'm not going to sit home and look for handouts. I will find something to support myself and my family. "

Former employees said dozens of jobs were lost in the recent round of layoffs this month.

Action News was unable to confirm any numbers with Endicott Interconnect as they did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

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