Eaton closing Charlotte plant, 84 lose jobs

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(AP) A company that makes clutch-assemblies in Charlotte plans to close the plant, eliminating 84 jobs.

Eaton plans to move the work done in Charlotte to plants in Indiana and Mexico.

A notice filed with North Carolina officials said the first layoffs will occur by Oct. 15. The plant is expected to close by the end of next year.

Company spokesman Jim Michels says the closing of the clutch-assembly plant will not affect Eaton's electrical facility in Charlotte that employees 79 people.

Eaton is based in Dublin, Ireland, and makes products used by the aerospace, automotive and other industries. The clutches made at the Charlotte plant are used in commercial vehicles, from tow trucks to school buses to 18-wheelers. Eaton opened the facility in 2007.