MIDWEST CITY — Aerospace manufacturer and repair company Chromalloy will shutter its Midwest City plant, eliminating about 130 jobs by the end of July.
The Midwest City facility is one four plant closures the company announced Thursday.
Chromalloy's Midwest City plant has been in operation since 1969. The original 75,000-square-foot manufacturing facility the company inhabits at 1720 National Blvd. was built with the help of a $500,000 general obligation bond measure that Midwest City voters approved in 1968.
The plant employed about 300 people when it opened, according to newspaper archives.
City Manager Guy Henson recalled that during its early history, the Chromalloy plant ran two and three shifts a day.
“Those were good, solid jobs. They will be missed,” Henson said. “When you take 130 jobs out of the economy in Midwest City or anywhere, it's going to hurt the local economy.”
Although Chromalloy has continued to be an important employer in Midwest City, the number of people the plant employed had dwindled somewhat in recent years, Henson said.
Chromalloy repairs and manufactures components for aircraft engines and also has contracts with the U.S. Air Force for aircraft engine maintenance and part replacement.
“While we did have military work in Midwest City, in recent years this facility has been more focused on commercial airline work,” Chromalloy spokesman Andrew Farrant said.
The decision to close the plant is part of a company plan to streamline its operations, Farrant said.
The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce will work with other economic development agencies in hopes of attracting another employer to the empty Chromalloy plant, said David Burnett, economic development director for the chamber.
The Oklahoma City area benefits from low unemployment rates and strong job demand in the aerospace and oil and gas sectors, Burnett said.
Chromalloy, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is the largest unit of Sequa Corp., based in Tampa, Fla. It announced Thursday that it will eliminate 530 jobs as part of the closures, which also include facilities in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Gardena, Calif.; and the Netherlands. A total of 200 positions in the United States will be cut as part of the closures.
Those were good, solid jobs. They will be missed. When you take 130 jobs out of the economy in Midwest City or anywhere, it's going to hurt the local economy.”