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Associated Press, Published June 23 2011

Plant in Oakes closing; 56 workers losing jobs

OAKES, N.D. – A plant that makes military equipment is closing in the North Dakota city of Oakes.

A spokesman for the parent company of JLG Industries told the American News the plant will close Aug. 31, putting 56 people out of work.

Oshkosh Corp. spokesman John Daggett said the closing is prompted by “market dynamics” and will be phased in over the summer. Workers are not being offered severance packages or an opportunity to transfer to another plant but will get bonuses if they stay until the plant closes and meet certain conditions.

Mayor Monty Zimmer said the closure will “greatly impact” the town of about 1,700 people.

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