Mitsubishi plant in Normal ends production

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal has produced its last vehicle. The plant on Monday ended production of its only vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, ending a 30-year run as one of McLean County's largest employers. WJBC-AM reports ( http://bit.ly/1l5KH89 ) about...

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — The Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal has produced its last vehicle.

The plant on Monday ended production of its only vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, ending a 30-year run as one of McLean County's largest employers.

WJBC-AM reports (http://bit.ly/1l5KH89 ) about 900 union workers worked the last day. A few employees will remain on the job to complete the shutdown.

Vehicle production peaked in 2000 when the plant turned out 222,000 vehicles.

The McLean County Chamber of Commerce will hold a job fair for workers Dec. 11. Starting next week, a transition center will open in Normal to help the laid-off workers.

A task force is looking for a buyer for the plant.

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Information from: WJBC-AM, http://www.wjbc.com

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