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Dexter Axle Co. is consolidating its operations in Indiana, including the closure of its plant in Manchester and planned expansions at facilities in Albion and Fremont.
As reported by the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, the closing will impact 164 workers although some would be offered jobs in nearby Albion, according to Dexter’s Human Resources Director Jessica Shetterly.
Elkhart-based Dexter, a subsidiary of the English company Tomkins PLC, said last week that it plans to add 114 employees and 153,000 square feet to its operations in Albion. It also indicated there would be expansion in Fremont, but did not offer specifics.
“This is a difficult time for American businesses and Dexter Axle is no exception,” a statement released by the company said. “Due to substantially reduced axle production, the company is forced to look at opportunities for consolidation of its manufacturing facilities.”
Dexter makes axles, frames and other components for utility trailers, recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. In addition to Indiana it also has operations in Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri.