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by Carol Harris, Branson area, and Mary Engler-Guccione, Joplin area

The closing of a Carthage manufacturing company with 300 employees is virtually complete.

Electra-Home Display Technologies Inc. is closing its plant at the Carthage Underground because of market conditions. The company manufactures cathode-ray tubes and systems, and various other large-screen, high-resolution monitors for the imaging and personal computer markets.

The company is owned by California-based Con Rac Systems Inc.

The plant has been essentially shut down since Dec. 23. Layoffs of about 300 employees were phased in over a six-month period.

Display Technologies was started as DisplayTEK by personnel who worked at the former Motorola Inc. plant in Joplin. The company moved production to Carthage in 1989 when Motorola sold its building at 4200 E. 32nd St. in Joplin.

Just before moving, the company merged with Elston Electronics, based in Elston, Ill. The company was later purchased by Electra-Home.

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