- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2020

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Honeywell International says it will close its plant in Coon Rapids in August and eliminate dozens of jobs as it consolidates its production into other U.S. operations.

The Coon Rapids plant employed 212, but the company says some employees have retired, transferred or found other jobs since it told them of the plans to close last year.

“We announced this decision in February 2019 to provide employees ample time to prepare,” company spokesman Scott Sayres said. “Since then, we’ve encouraged employees to apply for other Honeywell positions and all eligible affected employees are being offered severance and outplacement assistance.”

Sayres did not have an exact number of employees affected, but said it’s fewer than 200.

Honeywell informed the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development this month that the positions would be eliminated between Aug. 7-21, the Star Tribune reported.

The Coon Rapids location primarily makes sensors used in GPS devices for the aerospace industry.

Honeywell was headquartered in Minnesota until a merger with Allied Signal in 1999. It still has operations in Minneapolis, Plymouth and Golden Valley.

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