German industrial giant Siemens will close a factory with 256 employees in Brookfield, with the first layoffs coming in November 2014. The company will continue to wind down operations through September 2016.
The plant makes diagnostic instruments for Siemens’ Healthcare Diagnostics division.
The company notified the state Labor Department of the closing late last week, and the state made the layoff notice public Monday.
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics spokeswoman Susan Drew confirmed that the company will consolidate its Brookfield diagnostic instrument manufacturing operations into the company’s facility in Flanders, N.J., to “further strengthen our processes, increase productivity and better serve our customers.”
The Brookfield site will be closed once the consolidation is complete in 2016, she said.
“Brookfield employees will be offered separation and outplacement benefits, as well the opportunity to apply for other positions within the Siemens organization, including positions in Flanders,” she said.
Siemens acquired the factory when it bought Illinois-headquartered Dade Behring in 2007. Former Gov. M. Jodi Rell spoke at the factory’s grand opening in July 1999.
Siemens announced Sunday it would cut 15,000 jobs over the next year, a third of them in Germany, in order to save $8.1 billion in costs
That’s 4 percent of its 370,000 workers worldwide.
Siemens’ last CEO was ousted as investors were dissatisfied with Siemens’ 9.5 percent profits in 2012. General Electric, a similar industrial conglomerate, had 15 percent profits that year.
Wire reports contributed to this story.