SAN JOSE, CALIF. - Trend Technologies Inc. is laying off up to 100 workers from its Dublin, Ireland, injection molding operation and shifting that work to Mexico in response to a customer's decision to move its manufacturing to Mexico from Scotland.
The molding will transfer to Trend's Guadalajara facility, said spokesman Brad Frank.
The firm still is analyzing the number of jobs it will cut in Ireland but expects it will be between 50 and 100, he said.
Trend is seeking new customers in the region to offset the lost business and bring back some of those workers.
The Technical Engineering & Electrical Union, meantime, has sent a letter to Mary Harney, Ireland's minister for enterprise, trade and employment, in hopes the government can take some action to preserve the jobs, a union spokeswoman said.
The Dublin facility has 320 employees and nine presses, ranging in size from 275-990 tons, producing components for the computer industry. Trend also has a metal and plastics processing factory in Mullingar, Ireland.
San Jose-based Trend has been consolidating its manufacturing base this year, announcing earlier this month that it would close its flagship injection molding plant in San Jose to integrate metal and plastics processes under one roof in a different facility in the city.
The firm also is closing its San Diego site to combine operations in Chino, Calif., and Guadalajara.