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Bennington Manufacturer To Close

Plasan North America says it is closing its manufacturing plant in Bennington. The company has 62 employees in Vermont.

In a statement, Plasan North America President Keith Rayborn said, “Unfortunately, economic realities in the defense industry have forced us to consolidate our facility in Michigan.”

Plasan manufactures products for the defense applications, including armor for vehicles.

The company says the Vermont facility will close in July. It says employees will receive a severance package and extended health care.

Last year, a sister company, Plasan Carbon Composites closed its plant in Bennington, eliminating more than 140 jobs.

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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