Auto parts workers hope vote will save jobs

September 8, 2010

Workers at an Ohio auto parts plant that is slated to close will vote on a new contract this weekend.

Troy, Mich.-based Continental Structural Plastics announced plans last month to shut down the northwest Ohio plant and move into a closed factory in northeast Indiana. Continental said last month it will spend about $9 million on upgrades to a Huntington factory and have up to 350 workers there by 2012.

Local leaders in Ohio hope a new agreement could save some of the 214 jobs at the plant in North Baltimore, Ohio.

Union and company officials haven't said whether the contract vote could change any of those plans.

Officials in Ohio say they think the company still intends to move to Indiana, but are holding out hope that the North Baltimore factory could be kept open.


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