Gunite Production to Move to Rockford

(AP) -- A northern Indiana factory that makes truck parts is being shut down, with about 225 people to lose their jobs.

Accuride Corp. spokeswoman Eva Schmitz says its Gunite Corp. factory in Elkhart will be closed by May 1. Its production will be moved to factories in Rockford, Ill., and Brillon, Wis.

Evansville-based Accuride filed for bankruptcy protection in October after its business suffered during the recession.

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore said the company told him last month of its plans to close the factory. He says it never responded to his request to talk about other options.

The Elkhart factory makes wheel systems and components for heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks. It had some 500 workers until job cuts began in 2006.

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