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June 18, 2009

Contents of closed Muncie BorgWarner plant on sale

MUNCIE, Ind. — Thousands of machines, tools, spools of wire and pieces of furniture are being auctioned off from a closed central Indiana auto parts plant that once had more than 6,000 workers.

The BorgWarner Automotive plant in Muncie was shut down in April after transmissions had been made at the factory since 1930. The auction that began Wednesday drew some people who came for one more look inside the plant.

Ex-worker Jerry Pierce compared the auction to a funeral and said those who worked at the factory were like a family.

The million-square-foot-plus plant reached its employment peak in the early 1950s, but only 780 workers remained when its closing was announced in 2007. Auburn Hills, Mich.-based BorgWarner has not yet decided the fate of the factory site.

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Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com

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