SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) – National Semiconductor says it’ll be shutting down its South Portland plant for two weeks starting this Friday.

LuAnn Jenkins, a company spokeswoman, said the plant will be shut down from April 10-26. She says workers will undergo paid training during the first week of the shutdown. She says workers can opt to take vacation or unpaid leave during the second week.

The worldwide economic downturn has hit chip makers like National Semiconductor. The California-based company announced last month that it was eliminating more than a quarter of its work force, or 1,725 jobs. That included about 40 jobs in South Portland.

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