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    (7/24/2015) NORMAL - Early this morning, Reuters reported on a Nikkei Business Daily story from Japan that announced the Mitsubishi factory in Normal will close.Reports from news sources around Bloomington and Normal have discussed everything from selling the plant to retaining the employees for another purpose.The only communication from Mitsubishi came in the form of a statement that, "We are constantly reviewing our global manufacturing base."The AP reports that Dan Irvin, a spokesman for Mitsubishi in Normal, would not comment beyond that statement.Union officials from the UAW Local 2488 confirmed that the union contract with Mitsubishi is set to expire in August.Cities 92.9 has received comments from employees at the plant, saying that supervisors and managers did not know anything until this morning, and that a meeting is to occur at 9:00am internally.Mitsubishi, according to VistiBN.org, is the area's 6th largest employer, leaving government with 6 of the top 19 slots of employers in the area.Normal, which has positioned itself as a city funded by federal taxpayer money, by incentive, may not be as damaged as Bloomington, which is struggling currently to fund an expanding city budget, which has grown by around 25% during the last 2 years.It is not known the impact this may have on Bloomington, currently in negotiations to add to taxpayer spending by creating a government run hotel in the downtown area.Loss of support employment is not known for the area either, but Mitsubishi claims to be responsible for $120 million to the local economy in taxes, salaries and benefits.-- Cities News Staff 1
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