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Manufacturer closing plant

February 6, 2019
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Harsco Rail transit grinder on tracks at station
A transit-grade grinder, or track maintenance train, by Harsco Rail at a station. Photo via

A manufacturer serving the railroad industry is ceasing its West Michigan operations.

Charlotte, North Carolina-based Harsco Rail will permanently close its facility in Ludington, at 200 S. Jackson Rd., affecting up to 151 employees, according to a notice of permanent closure issued to the Michigan Workforce Development Agency,

The Ludington facility is expected to cease operations around the beginning of April.

The facility is the company’s sole Michigan location.

All production jobs and certain non-production jobs will be affected by the closure, and as many as 11 employees will receive offers to be considered for re-employment at Harsco Rail’s South Carolina facility.

“Bumping rights” exist for certain affected employees, and some employees of the Ludington facility are represented by the United Automobile Workers union.

Harsco Rail is a global supplier for railway track maintenance and construction.

It has facilities across the U.S. and in the U.K., Australia, China, India, Brazil and Germany.

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