Sun Microsystems to Shut Scotland Plant

About 140 jobs are expected to be affected by the closure of the company's only foreign manufacturing center.
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Sun Microsystems (JAVA) said Thursday it would shut its plant in Linlithgow, Scotland, affecting about 140 jobs.

Other Sun operations in Linlithgow, including an IT networks center and a remote monitoring center, would not be affected, according to company representative Dana Lengkeek.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based tech firm said that shutting the plant -- its only manufacturing site outside the U.S. -- is part of its

plan to cut 6,000 jobs

, or 18% of its workforce worldwide. Global manufacturing will be consolidated to Hillsboro, Ore.

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, says workforce reductions are needed "to align our cost model with the global economic climate," wrote Lengkeek in an email.

Sun's stock, which has fallen steadily for months, finished Thursday's trading session up 16 cents, or 4.11%, at $4.04.

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