Firm planning to close 100-worker auto parts factory

The owner of a northeastern Indiana auto parts factory is planning to shut it down, a move that will cost about 100 jobs.

Eaton Corp. has notified state officials that it intends to begin layoffs at the Auburn factory in February and completely close in May the factory that makes clutches for heavy-duty truck transmissions.

Eaton spokeswoman Cara Klaer said the company has seen a decline in demand for those transmissions. Eaton’s notice to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development called the decision a “permanent closure” but Klaer said the company would make a final decision after meeting with the factory’s union.

The company based in Ireland is planning to consolidate its manufacturing operations, but Klaer didn’t provide any specifics.

Auburn Mayor Mike Ley said he hoped the Eaton’s workers can be hired at other factories with job openings in the area about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne.

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