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Iowa-based VT Industries will close its countertop manufacturing plant in Shelbyville and move the work to a new facility in Maryland, the company said Friday.

About 40 employees make fine-laminate countertops at the Indiana location, according to the Shelbyville News. They can choose to transfer to Hagerstown, Md., to keep their jobs or stay put and receive a severance payment.

The move—prompted by escalating shipping costs and a growing customer base in the Northeast—is expected to take four to six months.

VT Industries has nine facilities that employ more than 1,000 workers across the country, including a plant in New Albany that makes architectural wood doors. The Maryland facility is expected to open in July.

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  • Reading
    Reading is fundamental. Did you miss the part about the "growing customer base in the Northeast"? Like it or not, the "gay liberals" are eating Indiana's lunch.
  • Md
    yeah blue states- the owners must be gay liberals who want a union steward to demand better working conditions.
    or could it be that it is a cost saving venture. If all of your customers are in zone 4 of your shipping diagram and you can move to zone 4 without increasing costs to your company how much more effecient is your shipping?
  • Awesome
    Keep moving those jobs to the blue states. Good work, legislature!

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