On the same day that U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was at a Toledo union hall talking with area labor and business leaders about the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Fostoria’s Autolite spark plug factory was running its production line for the final time.
The plant, already reduced to a shell of its former position as the city’s top employer by rounds of layoffs and outsourcing, eliminated 35 of its remaining 40 jobs on Friday.
Bob Teeple, who was until recently president of United Auto Workers 533, said a skeleton crew will remain for a short time to finish the shutdown. But no longer will the factory, which once boasted more than 1,000 employees, make anything.
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