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Regal-Beloit West Plains plant to close, costing 204 jobs

November 3, 2019 GMT

WEST PLAINS, Mo. (AP) — A company that manufactures commercial motors will close its plant in West Plains, Missouri, costing 204 people their jobs.

Regal-Beloit Corp., based in Beloit, Wisconsin, announced closing Friday. Plant Manager Sam Nash said the company will move its operation to other facilities and the West Plains closure will be completed by May 31, 2020.

The West Plains Daily Quill reported the employees will be laid off in increments over the next seven months. Regal previously laid off 90 workers as part of a restructuring plan in 2016.

Regal vice president Robert Cherry said in a statement that the closing is part of the company’s long-term restructuring plan to keep the company competitive. It has manufacturing, sales and service facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.