Fostoria’s Autolite plant to shut down

FOSTORIA — Fostoria’s Autolite Spark Plug factory will begin closing next month and finish the shutdown by mid-2018, displacing 62 workers.

The company reported the planned closing to the state on Monday.

In the mid-1990s, the Autolite plant, at 1600 N. Union St., employed about 1,000 workers. By 2007, that number was reportedly 650 workers. Employment has continued to drop since then.

The spark plug manufacturing plant began operations in Fostoria in 1936.



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