Patriot Antenna in Albion to close doors in December; about 70 workers will lose their jobs
Three years after being bought out by an international aerospace firm, employees at Albion-based Patriot Antenna found out this week they will be losing their jobs.
Officials from the U.K.-based Cobham notified the about 70 employees at Patriot Antenna the plant was closing Dec. 31. The work will be sent to one of its facilities in Orlando, Fla. and about a dozen will be offered the chance to move with the company.
Nov. 8 will be the last day for 31 employees, while 21 will remain as the company works to close the plant, the company said in a written statement.
Patriot Antenna was formed in 1992 and several years ago employed 120. Employees there made antennas for a variety of commercial and military applications. Cobham purchased the firm in 2007.
Monica Hallman, spokeswoman for Cobham Corporate North America wrote in a statement that the closure was necessary “to position the company and workforce for future success and growth while providing the best value to our customers.”
“Although the international satellite industry saw unprecedented growth up until about 3 years ago it has taken a significant decline since the world-wide recession hit,” Hallman said. “As we take this unfortunate but necessary step, we are working closely with our employees to facilitate their transition and educate them on the benefits they’re entitled to, including financial compensation, healthcare options and career counseling,” Hallman wrote.