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Charlotte-area manufacturer to lay off dozens as it moves operations to Texas

SABIC’s office at 9930 Kincey Ave.
SABIC’s office at 9930 Kincey Ave.

As part of a previously announced plan to relocate its corporate operations to Houston, the chemical manufacturer Sabic will cut about 83 jobs at its Huntersville plant, which closes this summer.

The last day of work at the plant will be June 29, according to the company's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice filed with the state.

The manufacturer, based in Saudi Arabia with U.S. headquarters in Houston, announced plans to move its corporate functions to Houston last August.

Formerly GE Plastics, SABIC said it offered many of its Huntersville workers an option to move to Houston, although it's unclear how many will relocate. The company has said it is creating an additional 70 positions at the Houston location to support the company’s growing supply chain operations.

Other area manufacturers have similarly been laying off workers as they close facilities or relocate local operations.

In a separate WARN notice this week, the German manufacturer Schletter said it was laying off 120 in Shelby as part of a corporate restructuring after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, for instance. Last month, Matthews stainless steel goods maker Select Stainless Products said it is closing after 20 years and laying off 95 workers. In January, RSC Chemical Solutions, which has ties to Charlotte's philanthropic Blumenthal family, said it was closing its plant in Indian Trail and cutting 66 jobs.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta
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