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Jabil cuts 670 jobs in Hungary as it winds down BlackBerry business

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Jabil decides to cut Hungary workforce

Jabil Circuit is cutting 670 jobs in Hungary in December, leaving the St. Petersburg-based contract electronics manufacturer with about 8,000 workers in the Eastern European country.

The company said the pullback was a direct result of its decision to sever its relationship with troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry, which was Jabil's second-largest customer after Apple.

BlackBerry production was split between two primary locations: Guadalajara, Mexico and Tiszaujvaros, Hungary.

"Obviously this change requires we right-size our workforce to meet the reduced production requirements of the site," Jabil spokeswoman Beth Walters said. "Our Hungary site is one of our very best. … We would expect that we will bring other business into the site to replace the BlackBerry business; however, it will take time to do that."

Jabil has about 175,000 employees worldwide, including nearly 2,000 in the Tampa Bay area.

Times staff

Jabil cuts 670 jobs in Hungary as it winds down BlackBerry business 11/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:44pm]

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