Hoosier firm buys Seymour Factory: Tool maker assures workers jobs are safe

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Workers at Seymour Manufacturing Co. learned Tuesday they now work for a new company.

That news came with assurances from Midwest Rake Co. they’ll continue to have their jobs and continue to make long-handled tools under the Seymour Manufacturing name.

Those 110 workers also learned the familiar toot of a steam whistle that sounds across the city and region will continue to signal their and start and stop times as well as their breaks.

Owners of Midwest Rake told workers Tuesday of their purchase of Seymour Manufacturing. Terms of the sale were not disclosed by the privately held Warsaw, Ind.-based tool maker.

The deal includes Seymour Manufacturing’s operations here and its three locations in Tennessee, which employ 95 workers.

Jeff Plank, a co-owner of Midwest, and Berl Grant of Seymour Manufacturing shared a common theme in discussing the sale — the purchase holds strong opportunities for both businesses, and each is a good fit for the other.

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