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Lighting factory to close, laying off 95 workers

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The owner of a northeastern Indiana factory that makes lighting systems plans to shut it down, eliminating the jobs of nearly 100 people.

Federal-Mogul Corp. has informed state officials that in October it will close the factory in the Noble County town of Avilla.

The Southfield, Mich.-based company blames the closing decision on changing market conditions and the need to improve use of its factories around the country. The Avilla factory makes lighting systems for the automotive, marine and rail industries.

Federal-Mogul announced in 2008 an expansion of the Avilla factory that it said would add 50 jobs by 2010. The factory then had 120 employees, but the company says it now has 95 workers.

Federal-Mogul also has Indiana facilities in South Bend, Frankfort and Indianapolis.

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