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.
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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.”