IBM closes Dublin disk plant

IBM Corp. will close its Dublin disk manufacturing operation and move it to locations in San Jose, California, and Mainz, Germany, the company said.

No layoffs were linked to the announcement as the 400 to 500 employees affected by the closure will be absorbed into other IBM divisions in the Irish capital, said Andy Kendzie, director of communications for IBM's storage group.

"We are shifting that workload to Mainz, Germany and San Jose, the division headquarters," Kendzie said.

The change at the plant, which makes platters for disk drives, is being made for "internal efficiencies," Kendzie said. Most of the employees from the disk manufacturing division in Dublin should be absorbed into IBM's microelectronics or server divisions there, he said.

The changes should be made by about the end of March, he said. Despite the announcement, Kendzie said operations in Ireland are healthy.

"We are still growing very much in Ireland," he said. "The economy is doing very well."

IBM, based in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-499-1900 or via the Internet at http://www.ibm.com/.

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