Company plans to close NW Indiana wiper factory

July 9, 2012

Associated Press

A company plans to close a northern Indiana factory that makes windshield wiper blades by the end of the year, potentially costing about 100 people their jobs.

Federal Mogul is planning to move production work from its Michigan City factory to a plant it has in Juarez, Mexico. Company spokesman Jim Burke tells The LaPorte County Herald-Argus that the consolidation will improve its efficiency and make it more competitive.

Burke says some workers at the factory about 30 miles west of South Bend might be offered other jobs with Federal Mogul.

Mayor Ron Meer says he has talked with Federal Mogul executives and that local officials will try to persuade the company to keep the Michigan City factory open.