SAN FRANCISCO—Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. plans to lay off an undisclosed number of employees from the company's fab in South Portland, Maine, a spokesperson said Thursday (Dec. 16).
"I can confirm that we talked with employees last week about the plans for our manufacturing site in Maine, and let them know that we will need to cut back on staffing at the site," the spokesperson said via email. "We’ve done this to provide open and transparent communication and to treat our employees fairly and with respect."
Fairchild is in the beginning stage of determining how many employees it must cut and plans to make an announcement early in 2011, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson noted that demand for electronics continues to increase. "In order for Fairchild to compete in this global business, we need to continually look for ways to control costs and improve processes. Our goal is to build a cost competitive and long term viable manufacturing site," the spokesperson said.
The expected layoffs were first reported by The Portland Press Herald. In the report, the same spokesperson was quoted saying the layoffs would be confined to manufacturing jobs in the Maine fab, according to the report.