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Conn-Selmer to close Ill. plant, move work to Ind.

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) -- Musical instrument maker Conn-Selmer Inc. is closing an Illinois plant and moving its work to northern Indiana.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced Monday night that that Conn-Selmer was closing a percussion instrument plant in LaGrange, Ill., and moving the work to a woodwinds plant in Elkhart, where the company is based. It plans to add as many as 20 jobs to the 350 it now has at four Elkhart locations.

The move will cost the company about $2.2 million. The IEDC says it offered Conn-Selmer up to $120,000 in training grants and the city of Elkhart approved additional property tax abatement at the request of local economic development officials.

The agency says Conn-Selmer plans to begin hiring workers early next year.