Violence closes Molex plant in France

Following an attack on an employee and two security guards at its plant in Villemur-sur-Tar, France, electronic components manufacturer Molex has decided to close the facility pending a thorough evaluation of security.

According to statement issued by the company, the employee, who is based in the U.S., was in the country to assist in negotiations with the local Works Council on a plan related to the proposed closure of the plant. He and the guards were attacked by a group of about 40 people that included members of the Works Council, as well as union representatives.

In a prepared statement, Martin P. Slark, vice chairman and CEO of Molex, said his first priority is the safety of employees at all of the company’s sites and to make sure they are secure.

“We will not compromise on the safety and well-being of our employees,” he said. “We are very concerned not only by the violent actions of some employees at this site but by the complete lack of support from law enforcement authorities when people were being physically attacked. This is not acceptable and we are prepared to take whatever actions we think are necessary to ensure both the safety of our employees and the security of our plant.”