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Cequent To Shut Down Ind. Distribution Center

Cequent Performance Products Inc., a division of Trimas Corp., has notified state officials that it plans to close its distribution center in Huntington, Ind., before the end of the year.

As reported by the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, the facility will cut jobs in stages, beginning with nine warehouse employees who will work until about Aug. 30, the filing said.

More workers will be permanently laid off near the end of September and the beginning of November, HR Director Bill Zoli said in the letter to Indiana officials.

The total number was not immediately available. But the company has been shrinking its Huntington presence for awhile, said Steve Kimmel, executive director of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce.

Plymouth, Mich.-based Cequent manufactures and distributes towing and trailer accessories, including vehicle-specific trailer hitches, electric trailer brake controls, trailer breakaway systems, fifth-wheel hitches, electrical harnesses, trailer jacks and couplers.

The company’s 10 name brands include Bulldog, Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Tow Ready.

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