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Auto parts plant leaving Ohio for Indiana, may employ 350

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Officials say an auto parts company plans to reopen a closed factory in northeastern Indiana while it is shutting down an Ohio plant.

Continental Structural Plastics expects to spend at least $9.1 million on upgrades to the Huntington factory and perhaps have 350 workers working there by 2012, according to The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne.

Huntington County development director Mark Wickersham said the company expects to begin production at the plant in September. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was scheduled to join local leaders in an official announcement Wednesday at the factory, which was closed two years ago by Meridian Automotive Systems.

Troy, Mich.-based Continental says in Ohio state filings that it intends to close it North Baltimore factory in October and lay off all 214 workers.

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    Sounds like Bob is another disgruntled Democrat Union Worker that doesn't understand free enterprise. Also Rest of the Story is that the process has been changed so emissions are under control whether it would be in Indiana or Ohio - however between hard-headed politicians and hard-headed UAW, they made it east to relocate. Mitch has made Indiana Goverment easier to work with so people like Bob have jobs.

    Go Mitch!
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    Ohio papers are reporting that the company is moving to Indiana because Indiana has lax environmental enforcement - unlike Ohio.

    It's called a race to the bottom. Indiana, the China of the Midwest.

    Thanks Mitch...

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