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Tempe electronics manufacturer sets facility closures, layoffs

Posted: 7:45 AM, Jul 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-29 10:52:35-04
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TEMPE, AZ — Tempe-based Benchmark Electronics Inc. is closing two of its manufacturing facilities and trimming about 360 workers from its global workforce four months after hiring a new CEO.

Jeff Benck, Benchmark’s new president and chief executive, said this week the company will close its San Jose, California, and Guaymas, Mexico, facilities by the first quarter of 2020.

Benck said the closures affect about 3% of the company's total workforce.

The company has about 10,500 full-time employees and about 1,500 contract employees.

Since affected employees at the San Jose and Mexican facilities have the opportunity to apply for open positions across the Benchmark network, some of these employees could end up in Arizona, said company spokeswoman Teresa Lamberger.

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