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Johnson Controls confirms intention to lay off 204 workers

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Johnson Controls has informed the state Department of Labor & Industry that it will lay off 204 workers from its Waynesboro facility in Franklin County.

The job cuts will be made in phases through Oct. 15, 2015, according to the company's WARN notice filed with the state. The layoffs will occur in 18 "waves" that began April 7, the notice said.

The announcement was expected after Johnson Controls previewed its layoff plans late last year. Company officials said the positions would be relocated to a facility in Mexico.

Last-minute negotiations with union officials representing the Waynesboro workers reportedly failed to change the relocation plan.

The 100 CV Ave. plant, which manufactures refrigeration equipment, is among the largest employers in the area and a major manufacturer in Franklin County.

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls acquired the former Frick Co. building in Waynesboro as part of the $3.2 billion acquisition of York International in 2005. The company's building efficiency segment has facilities in 22 states and 20 foreign countries. 

Johnson Controls is a global company creating products and services for the energy and operational efficiencies of buildings, batteries for vehicles and interior systems for automobiles.

The company is building a new campus in southern York County estimated to cost more than $150 million.

Shares of the company are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol JCI.

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