Ficosa Plant In Berne Closing Doors In May (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch
By Stephanie Parkinson

March 12, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM EST

Berne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - More than 100 people are losing their jobs in Berne after the auto supplier Ficosa decided to shut down its Adams County facility.

This comes after 175 workers were cut at the same plant in the summer of 2011.

"It's kinda devastating you know,” said Colene Hall, Employee, Ficosa.

"It's very disappointing. They've been a good employer,” said Mayor Bill McKean, City of Berne.

For those who work at the plant now the news leaves them wondering about their future.

"A lot of peoples been here a lot of years. I've been here about eight and a half and I thought maybe I'd retire from here,” said Hall.

In a notice to the state Ficosa said the closure will result in all 137 employees losing their jobs permanently.

In that same notice Ficosa said they are considering selling the plant. If that happens, the current workers might be able to stay at the facility. Although that's a possibility nothing is for sure.

"They're talking with somebody. We hope maybe that outfit will come to Berne,” said McKean.

But until that is something the workers know for sure Hall says she’s not sure what she is going to do next.

"It's a tough thing because it's right down to people we know, we live with," said McKean. "It's a real blow to them, and to our community.”

Ficosa says they will start cutting people May 2 and by May 31 the plant will close for good.




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