IBM to move production jobs from Rochester to NY, Mexico

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ROCHESTER, Minn. - IBM says it's moving most production from its Rochester plant to Mexico and New York state.

IBM spokesman Scott Cook says manufacturing of its Power Systems, PureSystems and PureFlex Systems servers will be moved to Guadalajara, Mexico. Refurbishing of used IBM machines will be moved to Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Cook won't say how many jobs will be lost in Rochester when the manufacturing shift is complete next year.

Cook tells KTTC-TV the move is about creating the best possible infrastructure" for the company. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware and software and is headquartered in Armonk, New York.

The company carefully protects the number of people employed at its Rochester facility. The latest official number released was 4,200, and that was in 2008. Industry experts estimate the number of employees today at between 2,500 and 3,000. The majority of those could soon be gone.

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