By Marilyn Odendhal, Truth Staff

Dexter Axle will close its Elkhart axle assembly plant in July, cutting the jobs of 92 workers.

The company is a supplier of axles, frames and other components to the utility trailer, recreational vehicle and manufactured housing markets. It has a couple of plants in Elkhart employing a total of 476.

Production will move from Elkhart into facilities in Albion and Fremont when expansions at those two plants are finished. The consolidation is needed, the company stated in a press release, to reduce costs in a slowing economy.

Dexter Axle was founded in 1960 and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tomkins PLC.

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