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Cequent Performance Products workers lined U.S. 33 Monday afternoon at one of the entrances to the plant to rally support to keep their jobs in Goshen rather than moving to Mexico. ¬ Some first shift workers head out the gate to join others in support. ¬ (Truth Photo By Larry Tebo) (AP)
Cequent layoffs loom

Posted on Feb. 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 20, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.

GOSHEN — When Cequent Performance Products’ first round of layoff hits on Friday, Feb. 22, union membership may meet to vote on the closure package offered by the company.

That’s according to WNDU, which reported on its website that the closure package would involve the union dropping legal proceedings which have union leaders and company officials in an arbitration process after the union filed a federal lawsuit last year.

Michigan-based TriMas, parent company of Cequent, announced last year it will close its Goshen plant and move all production from there to a sister facility in Reynosa, Mexico.

The process will come in waves of layoffs, with the first wave set for this week and the final shut-down to happen by the end of the year, according to court documents.