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Indiana corn dog maker with 87 workers closing

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A company that has made corn dogs and pork fritters in eastern Indiana since 1961 is closing its doors, ending 87 jobs.

The company, founded more than 50 years ago as Al Pete Meats, issued a notice to the state that the plant in Muncie was closing permanently May 18, according to the Star-Press of Muncie.

Memphis, Tenn.-based Monogram Comfort Foods bought the plant in 2008 and announced plans for an expansion in 2009. Monogram officials told IBJ in July 2009 that they had invested $5 million and added 50 jobs in Muncie because of growth in the corn dog and value foods segment.

Monogram said it would offer employees positions at other plants, including one in Bristol in northeast Indiana. The company also has plants in Minnesota and Virginia.

Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler said Thursday he hopes something could be done to reverse the decision and save jobs.

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