Motorola to lay off 2,500 staff, cease Harvard manufacturing

Motorola Inc. Monday announced it will lay off 2,500 people, or 1.9 percent of its 130,000-strong workforce, as the company begins winding down manufacturing operations at its Harvard, Illinois, campus.

          Motorola Inc. Monday announced it will lay off 2,500 people, or 1.9 percent of its 130,000-strong workforce, as the company begins winding down manufacturing operations at its Harvard, Illinois, campus.

          The move is part of the company's plans to make its supply chain more efficient and consolidate its manufacturing operations.

          The jobs cuts will halve the staff at the Harvard campus, which previously employed around 5,000 people. Manufacturing of Motorola's cellular products will cease at the site, and the remaining employees will focus on U.S. customer order fulfillment and new product sourcing for Motorola's Personal Communications Sector (PCS).

          The company hopes to finish shutting down its manufacturing operation at Harvard by June 30 this year.

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