Pa. factory to close

    A century-old factory in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, held up as a symbol of hope in the former manufacturing stronghold, is set to close at the end of the week.

    Allentown Metal Works is scheduled to close Jan. 15, leaving the fate of the plant in limbo and creditors waiting to collect millions of dollars on debts dating back as far as 2006, when the plant was owned by a different company.

    Company spokeswoman Kiersten Williams told The Allentown Morning Call that Saturday’s closure will leave 12 to 15 people without jobs.

    The factory had laid off about a third of its work force by the time President Obama visited on Dec. 4, 2009, greeting workers and wishing them ‘Merry Christmas.’

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