DERRY | As many as 100 manufacturing jobs will return to Derry soon as Sanmina-SCI will reopen one of its local plants, town officials said yesterday.

The announcement is a departure from the trend of electronics manufacturing companies leaving town.

Sanmina, which manufactures printed circuit boards and related equipment, left town five years ago.

At one point, Sanmina employed 1,400 people at its two Derry locations on Manchester Road and Linlew Drive, said Jack Dowd, director of the Derry Economic Development Corp.

The company plans to reopen a building it owns on 6 Linlew Drive | the old Treasure Masters building | by June, and close its location in Woburn, Mass., according to George Sioras, Derry's community development director.

"It is really exciting," Dowd said. "I think it shows this community wants to keep businesses here. Sanmina's the perfect example of how the industry can swing around again."

A Sanmina spokesman did not return calls for comment.

Convincing Sanmina to return to Derry took almost a year and a half, Dowd said. Sioras said the company approached them during the town's economic development summit two weeks ago, letting them know that it intended to come back. Eventually, Dowd said, the plant could expand to include as many as 200 jobs in town.

Sioras said the company plans to sell the other building and 55 acres it owns on 4 Linlew Drive to Wal-Mart. The retail giant will use the land for the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Sioras said the company is looking to bring assembly, office and engineering jobs. The relocation won't mean additional tax revenue for the town, he said, because Sanmina already pays taxes on the building at 6 Linlew Drive. It paid $57,616 in taxes on the 90,200-square-foot building last year.

But, he said, having new jobs in town means more people will be shopping in Derry and more businesses will get the impression that Derry is business-friendly.

"It's great news for the town," Sioras said. "It's job creation, and it's bringing people here. Secondary effects are people may stop by somewhere to go to lunch."

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