Plant closing brings questions of future workforce

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By Ron Filkins

I was working in Iowa when the doors closed Oct. 25 at the Maytag Plant 2, ending a 114-year relationship between the company and its community. Far away from the town of Newton, which is about 30 miles to the east of Des Moines, the winds of regret, sadness, disbelief and outright bitterness were whipping throughout the state. It was the topic of discussion from the banks of the muddy Missouri to the rugged cliffs along the Mississippi shoreline.

For most Iowans and interested observers, the move was the smudge-print of big business at its worst.

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