A plant based in Winston-Salem is ceasing its manufacturing and assembly operations and laying off 123 employees, according to a filing with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Kaba Ilco Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of mechanical and electronic locking system solutions, hotel locks, access control systems and safe locks, will move most of its jobs to a Mexican operation.

It will have a transitional closing, with the first reductions occurring during the first half of 2017 and a final reduction in 2018.

Kaba Ilco Corp. is a merger of the Kaba Group and the Dorma Group, headquartered in Switzerland and Germany, respectively. The merger was announced in April 2015, which led to the company being reorganized in Winston-Salem.

The filing said that although most of the white color jobs will also be affected, it is anticipated that some will stay in the employ of the company at the Winston-Salem location.

All affected employees, who are mostly assemblers or operators, have been notified.

This notice was filed pursuant to the WARN Act, which must be filed 60 days in advance of a plant closing that affects more than 50 employees in a 30-day period or a mass layoff of at least 500 employees or between 50 to 499 employees if they make up at least one-third of the employer’s workforce.

Note: This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism