Japanese firm sending Rushville jobs to Mexico

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Fujitsu Ten Corporation of America plans to stop making automotive electronic controls at its Rushville plant by Nov. 9 and send the work to a sister facility in Reynosa, Mexico.

Competitive pressures forced the Japanese company to look elsewhere to control costs, said Human Resources Manager Jim Thomas.

About 60 workers will remain at the city southeast of Indianapolis to continue another line of business-distributing Chinese-made radios to General Motors plants in North America. The remaining workers also will be involved in customer service and quality control.

The Rushville plant faced new costs for engineering and retooling because separate electronic controls that directed such functions as keyless entry and security systems are being consolidated into single units.

The plant opened about 20 years ago to supply radios to the then-new Toyota assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky. Radio production began shifting to Fujitsu’s Reynosa plant about 10 years ago, and the final radio was made several months ago.

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