Intermet Corp. says it will close its Sturtevant, WI-based Racine die-casting and Racine machining facilities in second-quarter 2005. Some 603 hourly and salaried workers are employed at the two facilities that produce aluminum die castings for the auto industry. United Auto Workers hourly members voted down a plan Dec. 12 to cut continuing high costs at the facilities, which also suffer from “significant underutilization of current casting and machining capacity,” Intermet says. The ...

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