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Labinal to Close Earlier Than Expected

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SALISBURY, Md. - The end is coming sooner than expected for one of Wicomico County's largest employers.
Labinal is closing two months earlier than previously announced.

The company announced in January of 2015 that it would close local operations by the end of this year and move to Denton, Texas. That means the loss of over 700 local jobs from the Glenn Avenue location. Approximately 100 employees relocated to Texas.

Now, the company is expected to shut down in Salisbury by the end of October.
T
he plant produced electrical wiring products, primarily for the military. It had been in operation in Salisbury under various owners for thirty years.
While Wicomico County leaders say those specific jobs can't be replaced, progress in other areas is making up for the loss.

"We have 1,850 new jobs from July of last year to this July, Wicomico County is now in a very good economic term. We have 53,000 people at work, which is the most people ever at work in Wicomico County at one time." says Bob Culver, Wicomico County Executive.

Culver says there could be good news for some of those who lost their job in the Labinal layoffs. They may be landing new positions locally at companies new to Wicomico County, and existing companies looking to expand. Culver says there could be an announcement regarding that in a couple of weeks. 
All of which he says points to an encouraging environment for the Wicomico business climate.

"I
 think that's one of the biggest things people see between the county and city, Mayor Day and myself, we talk regularly, we work together very well, and that's been a good thing, so we're very happy with that," said Culver.   

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