A southern Illinois auto parts maker says it's laying off some 200 workers as it eliminates two operations and outsources some of that work. AirTex told employees about the job cuts Tuesday. The plant in the 5,400-resident Wayne County city of Fairfield makes fuel pumps. The layoffs will cut the site's workforce by roughly half and be based on seniority, with the most recent hires affected first. Fairfield Mayor Chuck Griswold says he'll continue working with AirTex to keep the plant in the area and hopefully rebuild its workforce. One of the affected workers is Marie Carlock. She says the news is devastating, and worries how it will affect the town. AirTex is part of UCI Fram, which is one of North America's biggest auto parts makers.
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