Parts Maker Plans Ind. Plant Opening, Ohio Closing

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An auto parts company plans to reopen a closed factory in northeastern Indiana while it is shutting down an Ohio plant where it had complained about costs over environmental regulations.

Continental Structural Plastics announced Wednesday it would spend about $9 million on upgrades to the Huntington factory and have up to 350 workers there by 2012.

Continental executive Thomas Hilborn says Indiana provided the “right business environment” for the manufacturing operation to be successful. Gov. Mitch Daniels joined company and local leaders in the announcement at the factory closed two years ago by Meridian Automotive Systems.

Troy, Mich.-based Continental says in Ohio state filings that it intends to close its North Baltimore factory in October and lay off all 214 workers.

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