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Endicott Interconnect files for bankruptcy, layoffs may follow

Southern Tier-based Endicott Interconnect Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. The Broome County high-tech manufacturer, which employs approximately 600 people, plans to continue operations as it reorganizes.    

In its filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Utica, the private company, which manufactures high-tech circuitry and semiconductor packaging, disclosed that it's between $50 and $100 million in debt. Three of Endicott Interconnect's four founders severed ties to the company in April. The remaining owner, Jim Matthews Jr., has stepped down as chief executive.

According to a letter sent by Chief Restructuring Officer David Van Rossum to employees and obtained by The Press & Sun-Bulletin, Endicott Interconnect lost nearly $100 million between 2009 and 2012.

The company was created in 2002 when IBM announced plans to relocate part of its operations.

No layoffs have been announced, but in his letter to employees, Van Rossum added that they're a possibility.

Matt Richmond comes to Binghamton's WSKG, a WRVO partner station in the Innovation Trail consortium, from South Sudan, where he worked as a stringer for Bloomberg, and freelanced for Radio France International, Voice of America, and German Press Agency dpa. He has worked with KQED in Los Angeles, Cape Times in Cape Town, South Africa, and served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon. Matt's masters in journalism is from the Annenberg School for Communication at USC.