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Indiana auto parts plant with 750 workers set to close

September 2, 2015

An east-central Indiana auto parts manufacturer has told its more than 750 employers it will close its doors by mid-November 2016.

Indiana Marujun LLC informed all of its full- and part-time employees of the pending closure during meetings Tuesday.

A company vice president, Eric Fields, told the Star Press of Muncie that the closing process will begin next month. He said the closure is a result of a changing car-manufacturing industry.

The plant in Winchester, east of Muncie, has been the North America branch for Japanese manufacturer Marujun since 1999. It makes fuel lids, steering hanger beams, hand brakes, hood locks, fuel filler pipes, and other body parts for Honda automobiles. It supplies plants in Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Canada and Mexico.

Economic development officials said Marujun is the largest employer in Randolph County.

The company previously operated under the names MEC Indiana and Tomasco Indiana LLC.

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