Northern Indiana metal casting plant to close after 80 years, costing about 120 jobs



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LAPORTE, Indiana — A northern Indiana metal casting factory is about to close after 80 years, costing the jobs of some 120 workers.

Allegheny Technologies Inc. had planned to shutter the ATI Casting Service plant in LaPorte by the end of June after unsuccessfully trying to sell it. Company vice president Dan Greenfield says the factory is now in the process of shutting down after completing some outstanding orders.

United Steelworkers local president Donn Pendergrass tells The Times of Munster (http://bit.ly/1mMWLto ) that about half of the factory's workers were laid off last month and the closure is expected to be finished by the end of August.

The factory once had more than 550 workers, but the company says the plant has been losing money.


Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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