NCR to cut hundreds of jobs in Georgia plant closures

Atlanta-based financial technology company NCR said it will close two manufacturing facilities near Columbus, in west Georgia, later this year, as the company shifts to some outsourced production of automated teller machines and other self-service kiosks.

The moves will eliminate about 360 full-time jobs in Georgia, and could affect about 680 contract workers locally, an NCR spokesman said. NCR said it also will close a plant in China.

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NCR makes ATMs and kiosks as well as software for merchants and banks. The company has been in the process of streamlining its business, including job cuts.

"NCR is executing a multi-year strategic initiative to strengthen our global competitive position and accelerate our transformation to a software and services-led, data-driven business," the spokesman, Tim Henschel said. NCR remains "committed" to Georgia and the city of Atlanta where it recently opened a new headquarters campus  that is projected to one-day employ about 5,000 workers.

On Monday, NCR announced a deal with Jabil Inc. to take over outsourced production of ATMs and kiosks. NCR said production at the Georgia and China factories will be moved to other NCR or third party facilities, including ones managed by Jabil.

Founded in 1884 as National Cash Register in Dayton, Ohio, NCR moved to Gwinnett County in 2009, lured by about $109 million in state and local incentives.

In January 2015, after months of secret talks with state economic development officials, city leaders and Tech, NCR announced plans to move its headquarters from Gwinnett to Midtown.

NCR later announced it would add the second tower, 1,800 new jobs and a new innovation lab.

NCR received incentive packages that could total more than $60 million as part of the move to Atlanta, including property tax breaks, tax credits for newly created jobs and grants.

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