NCR to close ATM manufacturing plants in Georgia
NCR Corp. announced this week that it will close both of its ATM manufacturing plants in Columbus, Georgia, and an additional facility in Beijing, China.
Both Columbus plants will be shut down completely by sometime in October, according to a report by the Ledger-Enquirer, a local news publication. The plant closures in Columbus will result in 1,039 jobs lost, including those of 360 fulltime NCR employees and 679 temporary workers.
NCR opened the first of its Columbus facilities in 2009. A second, smaller plant opened in 2012, the report said. City leaders said the announcement came as surprise, but that they will work to place the plants' skilled workers in other jobs in the Columbus area.
According to NCR spokesman Tim Henschel, that the move, though difficult, is necessary as the company changes its focus from hardware to software.
"NCR is executing a multiyear strategic initiative to strengthen our global competitive position and accelerate our transformation to a software and services-led, data-driven business,” he told the publication.
Details of the plant closure in Beijing were not provided.
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