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.