Cable maker CommScope laid off 230 people at its Catawba and Statesville plants this week, citing reduced demand for its products.
The Catawba plant, in operation since the mid-1960s, took the bulk of the layoffs — 210. Before the cuts, that plant had 830 employees, Statesville 150.
Company leaders met with employees to inform them about the cuts, said Rick Aspan, director of corporation communications.
Some layoffs were immediate, Aspan said. Others will happen gradually through the first half of the year. He said CommScope will give affected employees severance pay, medical benefits and help finding other jobs.
The Catawba and Statesville plants are part of CommScope's broadband division.
The company, headquartered in Hickory, has five N.C. plants with 2,100 workers after this week's cuts. It employs about 15,000 people worldwide.