Elkhart factory to close by 2013, costing 210 jobs

An Elkhart auto-parts maker will close in 2013, just three years after it scrapped plans to shut down.

Gunite Corp. plans to end operations and move its local manufacturing operations to Rockford, Ill.

WSBT-TV reports that the 210 workers will be phased out beginning in late September.

The factory makes wheel systems and components for heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks. It had some 500 workers until job cuts began in 2006.

Company officials had planned to close before but announced in early 2010 that the factory would stay open because business had improved.

Gunite is owned by Evansville-based Accuride Corp. Accuride CEO Rick Dauch says consolidating the operations into a single site will improve efficiency, reduce operating costs and make the business more profitable.
 

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