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Published: Thursday, 6/24/2010

EPA asked to help keep 214 jobs in N. Baltimore

NORTH BALTIMORE — Ohio's governor has asked state environmental regulators to come up with a way to save 214 jobs at Continental Structural Plastics in North Baltimore, which is considering a move to Indiana because of an environmental rule.

Gov. Ted Strickland, spokesman Amanda Wurst said, asked the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to reach out to the company. “We will explore every possible avenue to keep these jobs in Ohio,” she said.

The auto-parts maker has said a state regulation requires it to use a machine that reduces pollution and costs $500,000 to operate each year. But the company said the machine is no longer needed to meet state regulations because it has cut production at its paint shop and it has increased use of robotics and air recycling. The firm is considering moving the work to Indiana because it does not have the same rule.

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