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Ind. Trailer Maker Closes Plant, Fires 150 Workers

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 4:39am

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana cargo trailer maker says it may close its plant in the city of Middlebury — a move that would cost 150 workers their jobs.

Illinois-based Pace American Inc. notified the state of the possible closing late last week, saying it is in the process of selling its business operations and assets.

If the northern Indiana plant closes, Pace American CEO Jim Tennant says the decision is likely to be permanent. Pace American's plant employs 118 hourly and 32 salaried workers.

A closure of the Middlebury plant would be another blow for Elkhart County, where 14.1 percent of the work force was unemployed in April, the last month for which state statistics are available.

Pace American has other plants in Texas, Utah, Georgia and Oregon.

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