DELL CLOSING IRELAND PLANT , TO LAYOFF 1,900 EMPLOYEES

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DELL CLOSING IRELAND PLANT , TO LAYOFF 1,900 EMPLOYEES

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    http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200901080552DOWJONESDJONLINE000466_FORTUNE5.htm
    Dell Closing Ireland Plant With Loss Of 1,900 Jobs
    DUBLIN–U.S.
    computer giant Dell Inc. (DELL) said Thursday it was closing its main
    plant in Ireland with the loss of 1,900 jobs and moving production to
    Poland.The move is a fresh economic body blow for Ireland, the former
    Celtic Tiger that was one of the first euro-zone members to fall into
    recession amid the global downturn following last year’s credit
    crunch.”Dell will migrate all production of computer systems for
    customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from Limerick to its
    Polish facility and third-party manufacturing partners over the next
    year,” Dell said in a statement.Dell, which has been hard-hit by the
    economic slowdown and increased competition, announced a major
    reorganization of its worldwide operations last month.The Dell factory
    in Limerick was set up in 1990 and was one of the jewels in the crown
    of Ireland’s so-called Celtic Tiger economy, employing 4,500 people at
    its height.

    Dell remains Ireland’s biggest exporter, accounting
    for 5% of gross domestic product.Sean Corkery, the company’s
    vice-president of operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa,
    said of the Limerick closure: “This is a difficult decision, but the
    right one for Dell to become even more competitive and deliver greater
    value to customers in the region.”Dell said its “Global Innovation
    Solutions Center” and other facilities would remain in Limerick despite
    the factory’s closure, and it would continue to operate sales and
    marketing operations in Dublin.