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Northeastern Indiana auto parts maker laying off 175

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An auto parts manufacturer in northeastern Indiana will lay off up to 175 employees for at least six months as the parent company consolidates operations and prepares the plant to make other products.

Michigan-based Ficosa North America Corp. notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in a letter posted Thursday on the agency’s web site, that the layoffs at its Berne plant will begin on Sept. 6 and run through Nov. 7.

Ficosa said the continuing consolidation does not “alter the potential future” of the plant.

The plant south of Fort Wayne manufactures rear-view mirror systems. Ficosa is consolidating that work and expects to produce other products at the Berne plant.

Besides mirrors, Ficosa makes shift systems, fluid systems, parking brake systems, and air intake systems for U.S. car companies.

Founded in 1995, Ficosa North America is a subsidiary of Spain-based Ficosa.

 

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  • NAFTA
    This is another example of how N.A.F.T.A. works to raise unemployment figures. Why build a product in the U.S. using union labor and costs when you can build the same product outside the U.S. borders and ship it back to the U.S. at a fraction of the cost to build it in the U.S.? By creating N.A.F.T.A. it has been a lose / lose situation for the American laboror.
  • Where's "our man"
    I didn't read anything about Mitch being at this announcement. He alsways seems to be at new openings and hirings claiming how Indiana is moving ahead because of him, yet losses like this happen all the time. Maybe when he is done with his driveway through southern Indiana businesses will come back like promised?

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