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REFRIGERATION PLANT TO CLOSE, COSTING MORE THAN 500 JOBS

The planned closing of a North Texas refrigeration plant threatens to eliminate more than 500 jobs, with most of the work expected to be transferred to Mexico.

The head of a union representing Tyler Refrigeration Co. employees says the plant south of Dallas will close next year.

The plant is to begin reducing operations after the first of the year, with the job cuts expected to begin in the latter half of 2005, union officials told the Waxahachie Daily Light for a story in Sunday's editions.

Tyler Refrigeration, which is based in Niles, Mich., referred questions to an official with Carrier Corp., which owns the plant. The company did not return a telephone call early Sunday from the Associated Press.