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Fate of Muncie's BorgWarner plant could come today

February 8, 2007

The 780 employees at BorgWarner Inc.’s auto parts plant in Muncie might learn today whether the plant will close. Executives of the Auburn Hills, Mich., company plan to discuss the plant’s future today, according to The Star Press of Muncie.

“It’s awful quiet,” United Auto Workers Local 287 President Jerry French told the newspaper. “It’s usually calm before the storm.”

In December, the union voted unanimously against reopening their contract two years early, after the company threatened to close the plant if workers didn't accept cuts in benefits.

If the plant is shuttered, it would be the third large manufacturing closing announced this year.

Last week, Visteon Corp., based in Van Buren Township, Mich., said it would close its Connersville parts plant Sept. 1, throwing 890 out of work. And in January, Pendleton-based Guide abruptly closed a taillight plant. That closing affected about 1,000 employees.

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