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Monona manufacturing plant to close

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For the second time in less than 24 hours, a company says it will close a manufacturing plant in eastern Iowa.

Commercial Vehicle Group will close its plant in Monona. Workers were told yesterday.

The company says there are 146 employees and some will remain to support purchasing, sales and other roles after manufacturing ends next spring.

CVG says for now, production continues and no specific layoffs have been announced.

"We're very disappointed, very disappointed of course. And it was a shock. We had just taken a tour of the facility a year ago, and there was no mention of it. They closed down their Edgewood facility, and moved things to Mexico. We thought we were okay, because they own this building, Edgewood they were leasing, but it hit us too," said Rogeta Halvorson, executive director of the Monona Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development.

The company sent a statement to KWWL which reads in part, "We are proud of our Monona workforce and regret the impact this decision will have on our employees and their families."

Despite the closure, Halvorson says it won't be a fatal blow to Monona.

"I'm positive, and you have to be, because it is a hard blow, but we'll come back from it," she said.

CVG recently closed its doors in Edgewood, cutting 60 jobs.

Yesterday, Terex announced it was shutting down its plant in Waverly, leaving 175 people out of work.

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