Dana closing

The Dana plant on Park Drive in Albion will be closing.

ALBION — Dana Light Axle Products recently notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that it’s closing its service parts and export packaging center at 401 E. Park Drive, Albion.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification from plant manager Mike Zunk is dated Jan. 20. The WARN notice says the permanent layoffs affect about 43 full-time employees and 30 workers employed through temporary services companies.

Layoffs will take place April 30-May 31.

“The decision to close the Albion plant was difficult but ultimately necessary in order to maximize Dana’s ability to be competitive within difficult market conditions,” according to Zunk’s letter.

Workers don’t have bumping rights, but may be offered jobs at other Dana plants, according to Zunk’s letter.

The Dana closing follows two other plant closings in Noble County in 2020.

LSC Communications in Kendallville closed before Christmas, shedding more than 300 jobs, while Vibracoustic in Ligonier announced in December that it was closing and terminating more than 90 jobs by March 31.

Displaced employees may be able to find new positions at other area industries, which bounced back well from pandemic shutdowns, with many returning to a problem they had before COVID-19 in finding enough workers to fill open positions.

Albion Town Manager Tena Woenker said there are dozens of open positions at other firms in town if people are looking to stay employed in Albion.

“There’s more than these 43 jobs available in town,” Woenker said.

The Noble County Development Corp. has been playing a role over the last year in assisting displaced workers to obtain skill retraining, if needed, and to connect them to new opportunities at Noble County employers.

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