ANN ARBOR, MI – A year ago, it was difficult for Eaton Corp. to put a positive spin on its decision to close its fuel-vapor valve manufacturing plant here. The 5-story building on S. First Street downtown had employed generations of local residents. In the 1800s, the building served as a leather tannery. Engineers validate prototypes for fuel-vapor valves at Eaton’s new Ann Arbor technical center. Eventually, the plant started producing vapor valves for fuel tanks, and the much ...

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