Gunite Corporation will consolidate its North American operations, closing its Elkhart, Indiana plant and moving production to its Rockford facility.
Gunite, a unit of the Accuride Corporation, will also phase out machining operations at Brillion Iron Works in Brillion, Wisconsin, which, along with the closure of the Elkhart plant is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013.
"While this action will be difficult for our associates and the community in Elkhart, it is necessary to return our Gunite business to profitability and meet the competitive challenges we are facing in a changing marketplace," President and CEO of Accuride Corporation Rick Dauch said. "Consolidating Gunite's operations into a single site in Rockford will greatly approve production efficiency, strengthen quality and delivery performance, reduce operating costs and make the business more profitable."
Gunite was founded in 1854 and became part of Accuride in 2005. It is now the largest producer of wheel-end components in North America.
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