Mike Ratliff is in Media Relations with Tyco Electronics. He says: "We had announced last year 2004 that we were going to phase out our manufacturing at that facility."
According to company officials, before the phase out of jobs, there were just under 300 employees at Tyco Electronics. Over the last 18 months many those jobs have been moved to other places.
Ratliff says: "That left a small cadre of people: design, engineering, support people in the Franklin facility. And it is now our intent to move those jobs to our Winston-Salem facility."
Since those are more high-paying jobs, Franklin’s mayor, Jim Brown, says the city's economy will take a minor hit. But he says he anticipates in the long haul they will have more than enough expansion to make up for it.
Tyco Electronics started out as Potter and Brumfield in 1957. Later they were acquired by Siemens Electromechanical and became one of the biggest employers in the area.
Ratliff says: "Tyco Electronics acquired that from Siemens Corporation approximately five years ago."
Mayor Brown tells WBKO he hates to see them leave after so many years in the community, but he applauds the way they phased out the jobs.
Ratliff says: "Certainly when we make these moves it's not without a lot of though. And we understand the impact it has one our employees value. And of course in this situation we're fortunately able to offer them to follow the work to Winston Salem."
The Franklin-Simpson Industrial Board has purchased the Tyco Electronics building. They say two or three businesses have shown interest in re-locating there. The Tyco Adhesives plant has been purchased by Apollo Management. Mayor Brown says he does not anticipate changes there.