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At&t Cable Production to Leave Okc for Mexico

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

At&t Cable Production to Leave Okc for Mexico

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Cable-making operations will be moved from the AT&T Technologies Inc. Oklahoma City Works to a pilot plant near Monterrey, Mexico, it was announced Tuesday.

The bulk of the 350 Oklahoma City employees now engaged in cable-making will be redeployed to other areas within the plant, said spokesman Ed Beltram.

"We have not gotten into full details of the redeployment yet, but most of those employees will have other jobs within the plant," he said. "Some of the cable-making operations will remain in Oklahoma City to allow us the flexibility to meet emergency orders and other special requirements."

Exact date of the move has not been determined, but it's expected to start before the end of November, Beltram said. Cable work will be gradually phased into the Mexico plant through the first half of 1990.

Reason for the move is purely economical, according to a letter to all plant employees, scheduled to be mailed today.

"The products we build at the Okalhoma Ctiy Works must compete in an increasingly competitive global marketplace," the letter read. "Not only does the customer demand outstanding quality and service, but also the best price. In order to keep our customers and attract new ones, we must continue to find additional ways to reduce our manufacturing costs."

When this move is completed, it will mark the first time that the Oklahoma City Works has engaged foreign labor, Beltram said.

"Other AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph Co.) units have done this before, but we have not," he said. "By increased productivity and automation, we have been able to maintain our quality and costs.

"But cable making is still a manual job and labor-costs are a big part of that, so we decided on the pilot plant and operation in Mexico. …

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