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Scala announces closure of Medford-based plant

As many as 80 employees at a local electronics company will be out of jobs next year.

Employees at Kathrein Inc.'s Scala Division were told Wednesday that the company's Medford operations will be phased out. About 80 employees will be affected between now and the end of 2015.

A company spokesman confirmed the decision, but CEO Manfred Muenzel was not available for comment on Thursday.

Anton Kathrein, president and CEO of Kathrein Werke KG of Rosenheim, Germany, informed employees that Medford production will be phased out by the end of 2015. A new production plant is being built in Mexico, and a sales office is being established in Dallas. Warehouse distribution will continue out of Richmond, Va.

Rumblings of a pending move surfaced several years ago.

Scala Electronic Corp. was founded in California in 1954 and operated there until 1979, when operations were moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Medford.

Scala began its alliance with Kathrein in 1985 and became Kathrein Inc., Scala Division on Jan. 1, 2000.

Local employees produced antennas, radio frequency filters and accessories for wireless communication, television and FM-radio broadcasting, paging systems, wireless loop and Internet.

Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GregMTBusiness, and read his blog at www.mailtribune.com/Economic Edge.