A Triangle assembler of irrigation systems is the latest manufacturer in the state to fall victim to the prolonged recession.
Hunter Industries has notified the state Department of Commerce that it will shut down its Cary facility this year and lay off 76 people. The planned closure was forced by economic conditions as the company is consolidating operations at its corporate headquarters in California.
The privately-held company selected Cary in 1990 for its East Cost manufacturing and distribution site and began operations here in 1992.
Hunter Industries, founded in 1981, specializes in professional irrigation systems for landscape contractors and golf courses. It employs more than 1,000 people worldwide, according to its web site.