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Dexter Axle Files Notice on Plant Closing
Friday, March 27, 2009
Dexter Axle has filed a notice with the state of Indiana, detailing the company's plans to close one Elkhart, Ind., facility and displace about 119 workers, according to The Elkhart Truth
The company initially announced the closure of the axle assembly plant in January. A letter sent to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in mid-March fulfills the company's obligation under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988.
About 95 production and office employees at the plant will lose their jobs along with another 20 to 25 who were laid off earlier, said Jessica Shetterly, director of human resources. The job terminations will begin around May 25 and the facility should be completely closed by July.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 90, Local 1315, represents about 70 production workers.
Dexter is consolidating operations in Elkhart and North Manchester, Ind., into plants in Fremont and Albion, both in Indiana. A handful of employees from the facilities set for closing have been offered positions at the expanding plants, Shetterly said. Some of those offered jobs did not accept.
Once the Elkhart facility is empty of production, Dexter plans to put the property up for sale, Shetterly said.
In addition to the axle assembly plant, Dexter has its company headquarters and two chassis operations in Elkhart. The chassis plants have laid off employees as demand for the product has declined, Shetterly said.
The closure of the axle operation will not impact the chassis facilities or the company's plans to keep its headquarters in Elkhart, Shetterly said.
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