Local Honeywell employees learned Wednesday that they may be out of a job next year.

The New Jersey-based manufacturer said it will close its York operations during the first quarter of 2014.

More than 100 employees work at Honeywell Process Solutions, 525 E. Market St., to make materials that are used in the gas industry, a spokesman said.

Work will be redistributed, and local employees will be able to apply for other jobs within the company, according to a company statement.

"Honeywell continually evaluates its operations to ensure a competitive business model aimed at long-term growth and profitability, and is linked to the needs of our customers," the statement said.

Honeywell offered no further explanation about why the Fortune 100 company decided to close its York operations.

The manufacturer, which specializes in energy efficiency, reported first quarter sales of $9.3 billion.

"We are committed to supporting the affected employees through this process, and meeting and exceeding customer expectations for quality and delivery," the company statement said.

The announcement comes on the heels of job loss and possible layoffs at other local companies.

Nearly 170 New York Wire workers recently lost their jobs after the company closed its York County operations.

Caterpillar announced this year it may close its Springettsbury Township location and shed 250 workers. The company has not offered a definitive answer or specific reason for the possible closure.

And 500 jobs may be lost at BAE because of a three-year halt in the Bradley program from 2014 to 2017.

- Candy Woodall may also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.