OWEGO (WBNG) -- An Owego factory will soon shut down after hundreds of employees were told they will lose their jobs.
Tioga County Director of Economic Development and Planning LeeAnn Tinney says that around 50 temporary employees at Sanmina Corporation's Owego location were laid off on Thursday, with the remaining 274 full-time employees given a 90-day termination notice.
"A layoff of this magnitude in such a small community really is going to have a dramatic impact. However, we're actively working on assisting those people that are going to be without work," said Tinney.
The company manufactures optical, electronic and mechanical products.
Town of Owego Supervisor Don Castellucci told 12 News he learned of the plant shutting down on Thursday morning.
Despite this economic blow hitting the Owego community hard, the Tioga Employment Center didn't hesitate to help the people involved.
"The Tioga Employment Center will be putting on an event for the Sanmina workers. We will be gathering some employees from the area that hire for the positions that will be impacted," said the center's manager, Sheri McCall.
Those in charge said around five of the temporary employees already visited the center Thursday morning looking for another job.
12 News has reached out to Sanmina for a reason why the factory is shutting down. We have not yet heard back.
The permanent employees' jobs will officially be terminated March 7, 2018.