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Parts supplier to close in March; 82 jobs lost

A Williams County, Ohio, auto parts supplier is closing its factory at the end of March, one year after notifying state officials that it lost a vital Ford Motor Co. contract.

Diversified Machine Inc.’s Edon operation will eliminate 82 jobs – including 61 machine operator positions – when it closes.

Diversified Machine began long-term layoffs last year on April 27, according to a letter Cheryl Boyer, human relations manager, sent to Ohio officials. The WARN letter was dated Feb. 24.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies planning mass firings or layoffs to notify state and local officials at least 60 days before the effective date.

The latest notice, dated Jan. 15, was posted on the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services website.

Many of the workers are members of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Union Local 715.

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