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NORWALK, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Norwalk company that's been around for decades has announced it's closing its
doors, and 300 people will be out of work.
and leaders in Norwalk say losing Janesville Acoustics is devastating for the
not mad, I'm heartbroken," said Joseph Blake, who has worked at Janesville
since he was 18.
just celebrated his 18th year with the company. Two days later, they
announced the closure.
just want to keep working," Blake said. "You just want to go see the people you
see every day…and that won't happen anymore."
Acoustics make automobile instillation and sound-deadening equipment for all
car manufacturers across the world, including the Toledo Jeep plant.
leaders gathered Friday to discuss the next steps. Workers United Vice
President Richard Monje says they have to ask themselves, ‘What are we doing in
is the end result of the continued decline of the wages and benefits and
salaries of working people that have built this country?" he asked. "What is it
going to mean to our service sector? What does it mean for just about
everything we know America to be?"
officials say the plan is to establish a new facility in Nebraska, Kansas or
Missouri. The phase-out begins this fall, and the plant will shut its doors by
the end of 2014. City leaders, however, say they will fight to keep it open.