SANFORD — Static Control Components Inc., will lay off 238 employees and close four manufacturing facilities in Sanford, according to a notice filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The company recently named a new CEO.

Two hundred and thirteen of the affected employees are currently working in the manufacturing facilities that will close, and 13 are employees at Static Control’s headquarters in Sanford, reports Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez for North Carolina Business News Wire.

Their last day of work will be Dec. 12.

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Affected positions vary but include operations-related roles such as cartridge assemblers, machine operators and quality control auditors along with other more administrative roles in departments such as housekeeping, communications and legal.

Founded in Sanford in 1986, Static Control manufactures technology used in the production of ink jet and laser cartridges for printers.

According to the filing, the company will be shutting down most of its manufacturing operations, but will continue administrative and non-manufacturing activities at their four remaining facilities in Sanford.


On Aug. 28, the company named Ken Lalley as its chief executive officer. He also remained the managing director of the firm’s European operations, according to the company.

“Ken has immense experience in management, operations and sales, and we know that he has a clear vision for the future and the success of Static Control,” said Jackson Wang, Chairman of Ninestar Corporation, the parent company of Static Control, in a statement. “We are excited to see Ken’s leadership move the company into the next phase of growth.”

Lalley succeeded Bill Swartz,the long-time president of the firm who recently announced his retirement, He remains on the firm’s board of directors and retains his position as chief strategy officer of parent Ninestar.

Static Control employs more than 1,000 people in 25 offices around the world, and is Lee County’s fourth-largest employer.

In 2017, the company was responsible for 2.94 percent of the county’s total employment, according the Lee County’s Comprehensive Financial Report from last year.

This will be the first major layoff of 2018 in Lee County.

This story is based in part on information from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism