Over the years, the plant made electric light and wiring products, golf clubs, Venetian blinds, pull-chain switches and switches for washers, dryers, ovens, blenders, fans and power tools. It most recently supplied bearings to a number of helicopters and aircraft both civilian and military. Workers there furnished the key parts to Apache, Osprey and Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, F-35 Lighting fighter jets and even Air Force One.
The new owner opted to shutter the plant after workers went on strike over rising out-of-pocket health care costs, and the two sides couldn't reach an agreement.
Around 170 union-represented workers were still employed there when they went on strike, expressing concerns with wages as low as
Displaced workers laid off any time after
Workers over 50 can get wage subsidies of up to
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