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PLYMOUTH, MN-In response to cutbacks in spending by communications carriers, Tellabs says it will close its facility here as well as another plant in Texas and reduce its workforce by about 1,000, including 800 in the US. The Plymouth research and development facility located at 3550 Annapolis Lane is 30,149 sf.

Company spokesman Jena Medina says Tellabs expects to move out form the facility by the end of the year. The facility is leased from St. Paul Properties, Inc., sheadds.

“We are evaluating our options about what we will do with the property,” Medina says.

Through these and earlier actions, Tellabs expects to reduce its quarterly operating expenses to $180 million by the first quarter of 2002, a 26% reduction.

Lisle, IL-based Tellabs sells optical networking, broadband access and voice-quality enhancement equipment. The company also says it will close a manufacturing facility in Round Rock, TX.

As a result of these actions and a review of inventory, Tellabs will record restructuring and one-time charges of about $150 million in the fourth quarter of 2001.

The step is a “necessary prelude to our long-term plan to reinvent Tellabs, renew our growth and adjust to the new realities of the communications marketplace,” says Richard C. Notebaert, president and CEO of Tellabs.

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