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Published: Friday, 1/16/2009

Modine sets closing plan for Pemberville factory

PEMBERVILLE Pemberville s Modine Manufacturing Co. has confirmed it is closing its Wood County plant and permanently laying off 65 workers.

The company told local officials in April that the plant was to be closed because of dwindling demand of the copper-brass radiators and other vehicle heating and air conditioning components constructed there. It filed a required notice with the state this week saying the shutdown was occurring.

Modine officials said the plant, which opened in 1973 and employed 223 a year ago, will close entirely this year or early in 2010. The first layoffs will begin March 13, and additional job cuts will continue through the year. The plant s hourly workers are represented by the United Steelworkers.

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