An engineering company said it's moving its global headquarters out of Connecticut, along with dozens of jobs.
The Rogers Corporation, which has been based in Rogers, a section of Killingly, made the announcement on Monday. However, it said the majority of jobs will stay put.
President and CEO Bruce Hoechner said on the company's website that just its headquarters will move to Chandler, AZ, where it already has a presence and manufacturing operations.
“Relocating our corporate headquarters to Arizona improves our access to the growing business and technology centers on the west coast,” Hoechner said.
He said the decision supports the company's long-term strategy and is part of plans to expand and grow.
Currently, Chandler, AZ is home to 400 Rogers employees.
Following the move, an additional 70 corporate employees in areas like human resources, information technology, finance, supply chain and others will join them.
Hoechner said Rogers has been in Connecticut since 1832 and employs several hundred people.
He said those roles are not affected by the company's announcement.
Rogers' Elastomeric Materials Solutions will remain in Rogers, CT.
“Rogers, Connecticut will always be a place we call home and a strategic element of Rogers Corporation in the years ahead," Hoechner said. "We have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Connecticut communities in which we operate and we will continue to support community services in the area.”
The Rogers Corp. bills itself as the world’s technology leaders in innovative solutions for power electronics, advanced foams for cushioning and protective sealing, and high-frequency printed circuit materials, according to its website.
"This announcement is another shot across the bow for the destructive, anti-growth policies of the Connecticut Democrat Party and their leader, Governor Dan Malloy. Yet another centuries-old Connecticut business is picking up and leaving town for better business climates elsewhere," State Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano said in a statement on Tuesday
Romano said "Connecticut is hardly a good place to do business anymore."
"Rogers is exactly the type of company headquarters that Connecticut cannot afford to lose. With it go skilled workers with good salaries, and another chunk of our tax base. You would think that Governor Malloy and his tax & spend allies in Hartford would be particularly interested in keeping those taxpayers right here in Connecticut," Romano said.
Romano said the moving of Rogers Corporation "is felt by her home District as these jobs leave for Arizona, a pro-growth state with Republican leadership."
"Our message to Governor Malloy and Democrat leaders is simple: Keep up your assault on job creators and you'll soon be out of jobs," Romano said.
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