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GREENSBORO, N.C. — TE Connectivity will close its Greensboro plant by the end of next year, resulting in 620 layoffs.

Tom Peacock, Senior Manager of Communications for TE Connectivity, confirms the plant on Piedmont Triad Parkway will close by December, 2013, with layoffs beginning in January.

620 employees will face layoffs while 50 employees will be transferred to other TE locations.

According to Peacock, the reason for the layoffs is a ”need to improve operating efficiencies.”

The equipment and work at the plant, which makes electronic connectors for appliances, will go to company facilities in South Carolina, Lickdale, PA , Mexico and China.  Formerly Tyco Electronics, the plant opened in 1995. 

Other Greensboro TE facilities that employ a total of about 1,300 will remain in Greensboro. Exact figures were not available. Those facilities manufacturer connectors for electronics systems in the auto industry, such as systems that monitor engines and brakes.