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Auto parts supplier Federal-Mogul Corp. is closing its plant in Summerton, but county officials say the company’s auto brake manufacturing plant in Orangeburg is remaining open.

The Orangeburg Federal-Mogul Friction Products plant on U.S. 21/Rowesville Road has pared back employment over the past few months, although officials have not released details.

The plant employs about 400, according to the Orangeburg County Development Commission Web site’s list of county industries.

“The Federal-Mogul here, according to our existing industry coordinator, is not affected (by the Summerton closure),” OCDC Executive Director Gregg Robinson said. “But in this global recession, everything is subject to cutbacks.”

“If this economy continues to slide, we may be targeted,” Robinson said. “The silver lining in this recession is that the companies that can last through this are solid. This will test some of our strongest industrial clients.”

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Federal-Mogul spokeswoman Jennifer Rass did not provide details about the Orangeburg operation.

“Federal-Mogul is not disclosing plant-specific information on a site-by-site basis regarding work force reductions as this is difficult considering Federal-Mogul’s more than 100 facilities globally,” Rass said. “The restructuring initiatives began in September 2008 and will continue into 2009 with several phases of implementation.”

The company said in December that it would cut 10 percent of its work force, or about 4,600 jobs, because of the tough automotive market.

As part of this restructuring, the company announced the Summerton Federal-Mogul plant, which employs 350 people, will close by the end of the year.

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