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Noble Metals to close

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By Scotty McDaniel

It's a headline that has printed often in recent months: yet another local industry is closing because of the downturn of the economy in general and the auto industry in particular, 

Noble Metals informed the City of Shelbyville last week that it soon would be closing permanently, putting 79 non-union workers out of a job.

The company employs 46 hourly workers in its Direct Labor Production, 22 hourly positions in indirect labor production, and 11 salaried administrative positions.

Located at 6301 Midland Industrial Dr. in Shelbyville, the plant is a subsidiary of Warren, Mich.-based Noble International Ltd. Noble Metals did laser welding on automobile parts, such as doors, floors, roofs and body panels.

"I hate to see that happen in our community. I hate to see an established company go out of business," Shelbyville Mayor Tom hardesty said. "I hate to see anybody lose their jobs. A lot of people are going to be affected by it."

Early expectations have the plant closing on May 29, 2009, however the exact date could vary depending on factors such as if customers decide to resource their products earlier.

Company officials have declined to comment about specifics.