Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Electronics company closing Iredell County plant, 97 workers losing jobs

A 40-plus-year-old Mooresville company that manufactures specialized electronics, including circuit board assemblies, plans to shut its doors, resulting in the loss of 97 jobs, according to paperwork filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The first layoffs at General Microcircuits East West will take place April 22 and involve 11 workers. Atlanta-based East West Manufacturing, which bought the company in January 2019, plans to close the North Main Street plant, idling another 86 employees. East West did not give dates for the closure or return phone and email messages seeking comments.

General Microcircuits sold its products to automatic meter reader manufacturers, medical, safety, defense and other industries, according to its website. The company was founded in 1980 in Mooresville by Rufus Dalton, Staton Williams, and Joe Weddington and operated out of a 95,000-square-foot facility. Dalton’s son, Dave Dalton, took over in 1990.

In 2011, the company added a manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica.

East West also has U.S. operations in Wisconsin, Texas and Massachusetts, and international operations in Canada, Costa Rica, Vietnam, China, India and Mexico.

Iredell County had an unemployment rate of 3% in December 2023, and the same rate a year earlier.

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