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86 jobs lost in Bluffton factory closing

April 4, 2017 GMT

Buckhorn Inc. has informed Indiana officials of plans to close its Bluffton factory, putting 86 employees out of work, according to paperwork received Monday.

The Journal Gazette first reported the closing March 8, but it was unclear at that time how many workers the plant employed. Buckhorn, which operates under the Myers Industries Inc. umbrella, makes reusable plastic shipping containers.

All employees will be paid at least through June 3, but the first 29 workers to lose jobs might be cut loose before that date, a human resources manager told the Indiana Department of Workforce Development in a WARN notice. Depending on the company’s needs, however, the initial group could be asked to work until June 17.

The terminations will continue in stages into November until all jobs are eliminated. The workers, who are not represented by a union, have been offered the opportunity to apply for jobs at other Buckhorn locations.