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Study projects auto job losses

The Associated Press

DAYTON – A study scheduled to be released next week predicts the Dayton-area could lose 10,000 of its estimated 73,000 jobs in the automotive industry over the next few years, the Dayton Daily News reported today.

Friday, October 22, 1999

DAYTON – A study scheduled to be released next week predicts the Dayton-area could lose 10,000 of its estimated 73,000 jobs in the automotive industry over the next few years, the Dayton Daily News reported today.

The Miami Valley Economic Development Coalition has been conducting a $500,000 study during the past 10 months. Ron Wine, president of the coalition, has said he expects the study to identify specific projects to help retain manufacturing operations and provide opportunities for expansion.

Wine declined to discuss specifics with the newspaper, but one of the study’s objectives was to examine the new independence of Delphi Automotive Systems, which operates eight local plants employing about 13,000.

The area has lost nearly 20,000 automotive jobs in the past two decades, but officials optimistically point to some reversals in that trend.

AM General, based in South Bend, Ind., plans to build an engine plant in Franklin, taking over production of a GM engine now made in Moraine. And Celina Aluminum Precision Tooling in Mercer County has announced a $13.4 million expansion that will add nearly 100 jobs.