Local OSRAM plant safe as 3 others close

Osram Sylvania has announced it is shuttering three plants in the northeastern U.S., cutting hundreds of jobs, but the move will not impact anyone in Warren.

According to an announcement from the company, it has decided to “cease operations” at its Central Falls, R.I.; Manchester, N.H.; and York, Pa. manufacturing facilities.

“The announcement does not apply to Warren,” Anne Guertin, head of media relations Americas for Osram Sylvania, said on Thursday.

The closings, which will take effect in September, will impact approximately 345 employees of the company.

“Declining market sales volume for traditional lighting products has impacted manufacturing locations, which need to reflect current and future product demands,” the press release said. “In an effort to position its business for the future and in response to the dynamics of market pricing pressure and product demands, Osram Sylvania has decided to cease operations at the Central Falls, R.I.; Manchester, N.H. and York, Pa. manufacturing facilities, effective September 2014. Approximately 345 hourly and salaried employees will be impacted. The closure of the three plants is part of Osram’s previously announced global realignment toward solid state lighting. The decision to close the plants is a difficult but necessary step in order to focus resources on developing a comprehensive solid-state lighting portfolio that best meets the needs of the market and ensure future growth. The company is putting steps in place and remains committed to quality production and safe productivity during this transition process.”

Osram Sylvania, a lighting manufacturer, is the North American division of German manufacturer Osram AG. It employs more than 11,000 people in North America and operates more than 30 manufacturing and research facilities. The company is headquartered in Danvers, Mass.