Regal Beloit America Inc. has announced plans to permanently close its manufacturing plant in Valparaiso in May, resulting in the layoffs of 86 workers.

In a required notice to the state, Regal Beloit, based in Beloit, Wisconsin, said it’s phasing in the layoffs between Nov. 9 and May 31. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development posted the notice on its website this week.

About 62 workers are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Union workers approved a closing and severance package last October as the company prepares to shift operations to another plant.

In response to stalled contract talks, union workers went on strike in June 2019 for better pay and to oppose rising health care costs.

At an Aug. 27, 2019, bargaining session with a federal mediator, company officials abruptly announced plans to shutter the plant at 2300 Evans Ave. The union ended its strike and returned to the bargaining table to discuss closing plans.

Founded in 1905 as McGill Manufacturing, the plant became known for its contribution to the defense industry during World War II.

McGill sold the company to Emerson Power Transmission in 1990. Regal Beloit, which has worldwide holdings, acquired the Valparaiso plant in 2014. The company manufactures motors, bearings, gearing, blowers and electrical components.
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