Flextronics, which operates the Motorola Mobility smartphone assembly plant at Alliance in Fort Worth that will close by year's end, will begin laying off its employees on or about Aug. 1, it says in a notice to the state. Layoffs are expected to be complete by January 2015. The company said 223 of its employees will be affected by the site's closing.
When Motorola Mobility said on Friday that it intended to shutter the facility, it indicated that about 700 people were working at the 450,000-square-foot plant, down from a high of about 3,500. According to past news reports, a recruiting and staffing services firm, Aerotek, did significant hiring for Flextronics.
Disappointing sales of Motorola's Moto X smartphone, assembled at the plant, led to the move, company officials said Friday. The Fort Worth factory went into full-scale production in August 2013 and held an official opening in September, an affair that was attended by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google, which owns Motorola. Goggle bought Motorola Mobility in 2012 and in January agreed to sell the handset maker to Beijing-based Lenovo.
-- Jim Fuquay