Rexnord’s local plant closing delayed until September

A union official says Rexnord Corp. has delayed the closing of its Indianapolis industrial bearings plant until September after previously planning to close the factory this month.

Plant union president Don Zering said Thursday that about 110 workers remain at the factory, down from about 350 workers when the closing was announced in October. He said he believes production is continuing in Indianapolis because factories where work is being shifted to in Monterrey, Mexico, and McAllen, Texas, aren't ready to take it over.

Officials from Milwaukee-based Rexnord didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

President Donald Trump has twice made Twitter posts blasting plans to close the Rexnord plant, but Zering says he's seen no action from the Trump administration to stem its job losses.

The U.S. Department of Labor has certified that Rexnord workers qualify for Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program providing financial support and services to U.S. workers whose jobs move to a foreign country.

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