More than 200 jobs slated for old Thomson plant

A manufacturer headquartered outside Indiana but in the northern Midwest plans to announce today that it will bring more than 200 jobs to the former Thomson Consumer Electronics television picture tube plant in Marion.

The project will take up 200,000 square feet of the 1 million-square-foot facility, according to a person familiar with the announcement. The company will make non-automotive plastics with workers whose wages will average more than $14 per hour.

The plant has come to symbolize the decline of obsolete manufacturing operations in the state. Having once employed 2,800, employment had dropped to 900 when it closed in 2004.

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