Local Ortech plant to close, eliminate 12 jobs

 Local Ortech plant to close, eliminate 12 jobs

Auto-parts manufacturer Ortech will close its Kirksville facility sometime within the next year, eliminating jobs for 12 local residents.

U-Shin Japan, which owns and operates Ortech, recently made the decision official, according to Jon Hurd, Ortech human resources manager.

Hurd said things have been trending in this direction for quite a while as the company has been hurt by cheap labor costs overseas and across the border in Mexico.

“We can’t compete with foreign outsourcing,” Hurd said.

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