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Auto Parts Maker To Shut Down Ohio Plants

Johnson Rubber will shut down plants in Middlefield and North Baltimore, Ohio, eliminating 500 jobs.

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An automotive parts maker with two plants in Ohio will shut down in April, eliminating 500 jobs.

Middlefield-based Johnson Rubber Co. has plants in Middlefield east of Cleveland, and North Baltimore south of Toledo. Employees were informed Thursday about the shutdown.

The company makes parts for the auto, boating and construction industries. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Dec. 11 after an audit uncovered a $4 million discrepancy.

Company attorney Will Kohn said customers in the auto industry notified the company recently that they would place no further orders with the troubled enterprise.
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