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Dana to shutter Longview plant in August; idling 210 workers

By Mike Elswick
May 29, 2012 at 7:13 a.m.

The Dana Corp. manufacturing plant located in Longview Business Park will be closing in August leaving 210 workers jobless, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

In a notice released Tuesday, the state said it has been notified by Dana officials the plant will close by Aug. 23.

"This is not a surprise for our employees," said Chuck Hartlage, Dana spokesman. Company officials and the plant's workers have known the plant was targeted for closure once it's main customer - the Shreveport plant that makes General Motors mid-sized trucks - closes.

"As previously announced to local employees, Dana will close its Longview plant in the third quarter in sync with the end of production of the pickup truck for which it produces frames," Hartlage said Tuesday.

August 23 is the closing date that GM has announced for it's Shreveport plant. GM will shutter the plant as outlined in a four-year labor deal with the United Auto Workers Union and transfer production to a plant in Missouri, officials said.

Hartlage said Dana will provide eligible employees with separation pay benefits and outplacement assistance.



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