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154 WORKERS TOLD OGDEN PLANT TO CLOSE

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NCR Systemedia Group officials told their 154 Ogden employees Thursday that the company will close its local plant by June 1.

The closure is in anticipation of the breakup of AT&T, NCR's parent company. The plant makes fax paper, paper rolls and ink ribbons.Equipment at the Ogden plant will be shipped to NCR's six other plants around the country, where some Ogden management employees have been offered jobs.

"There will be a signup sheet for all of our other employees who are interested in relocating," said Debra Ayres, NCR director of public relations. "They will get preferential treatment as positions open up at our other facilities."

NCR says it will offer one week's severance pay for each year of employment and will continue employees' health benefits.

"We regret taking this action," said Thomas Lillie, assistant vice president for Systemedia Manufacturing, "and are taking steps to minimize the impact of the consolidation on our employees, their families and the community."

The company was formerly known as AT&T Global Information Solutions, but the name was changed back on Jan. 10 to reflect the breakup of AT&T into three separate companies.