- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

SIMPSON, Pa. (AP) - An optical firm has announced plans to close a northeastern Pennsylvania plant this fall, laying off all 145 workers.

Essilor of America spokeswoman Kristan Willingham told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1hSU9pk ) Thursday that Gentex Optics Inc. will close the Fell Township plant in October.

Gentex Optics is a subsidiary of Essilor International, a French company that is the world’s largest producer of eyeglass lenses.

Willingham said such decisions are not made lightly, but “the facility is no longer competitive.” Operations are to continue through September.

She said workers at the factory, which makes lenses for eyewear, were notified Wednesday and Thursday, and officials are working to help them find other jobs.

Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor said he was told that Essilor will transfer the work to a plant in Massachusetts.


Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/

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