Leamington, Ontario – Plastech, a U.S.-based auto parts manufacturer, has announced that it will close its 18-year-old facility in Leamington, Ontario. The closure will eliminate over 300 jobs.

The plant produced plastic fascias, rocker panels and other exterior parts for the Big Three automakers, including Chrysler’s facilities in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario. The plant will close on May 16, 2008.

The company, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, blamed rising energy costs, a drop in vehicle demand and financial disputes with the automakers as reasons for the closing.

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