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NE Neb. manufacturing plant closes, 27 lose jobs

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) -- Twenty-seven people are scrambling to find work after a northeast Nebraska manufacturing plant that made lawn care equipment closed suddenly this week.

Workers at the Classen Manufacturing plant in Norfolk were told Tuesday that the business was closing immediately.

The Classen business, which began 40 years ago in Norfolk, had been part of the Schiller Grounds Care company since 2004. Schiller had leased the Norfolk facility.

The Southampton, Pa., based Schiller decided to consolidate its manufacturing at its plants in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to reduce its costs. Several workers are being offered opportunities to relocate.

Former employee Travis Schwartzer says he was shocked by the news. Schwartzer says he just landed the Classen job in March, which allowed him to quit three part-time jobs and get health insurance.