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Airplane Parts Maker Shutting Down

Esterline Haskon Aerospace says they plan to close a 90,000-foot plant in Taunton, Mass., putting more than 100 people out of work.

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) -- Executives at a Taunton airline parts manufacturer says they plan to close the 90,000-foot plant, putting more than 100 people out of work.

Esterline Haskon Aerospace sent a letter to employees saying the 60-year-old business was closing because of the recession, price competition, and decreased demand for the rubber seals the company makes for airplane doors and windows.

Operations will be consolidated at a larger facility in Brea, Calif.

The exact date of the shutdown has not been determined, but the company says workers will be given 60 days notice.

Plant manager Vito Gallo tells the Taunton Daily Gazette that terms of the shutdown and whether employees will be offered severance or jobs elsewhere within the company haven't been determined.

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