Celestica Inc. will lay off 450 employees when it closes an Oklahoma City
manufacturing plant that was leased from Lucent Technologies Inc. two years ago.
Celestica, a Toronto EMS provider, expects to shut the Oklahoma City facility by October or November as part of the
company's ongoing restructuring plans, according to sources close to the
company. The plant makes network access products.
The major contractor leased Lucent's Oklahoma City site and purchased the Murray
Hill, N.J., telecom equipment maker's Columbus, Ohio, facility as part of a
five-year outsourcing pact that was initially valued at $10 billion in July
However, weak end-market demand for telecom-related products, Lucent's financial
woes, along with the economic downturn, forced Celestica to revise its Lucent
strategy. In July 2002, Celestica closed its Columbus wireless equipment plant
that had 900 employees and shifted production to lower-cost facilities. Lucent
later repurchased the Columbus site from Celestica.