- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Minnesota-based maker of truck tanker trailers says it is closing its plant in southwest Missouri’s Springfield, affecting roughly 245 workers.

The Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/1S0zVyJ) reports that Polar Tank Trailer announced the planned closure Tuesday, citing “soft market conditions.”

More than 100 union-backed workers at the plant have been on strike since early February.

The company says it plans to wind down operations in Springfield immediately, though production there will continue on a limited basis through July.

The company announced early last month that it also would halt operations at a small site in Holdingford, Minnesota.

Polar and the Springfield union have been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement since September.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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