More Than 100 Invacare Employees Laid Off From Elyria Plant

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Over concerns regarding quality and design control, Invacare laid off 143 employees from its Taylor Street plant and headquarters in Elyria Thursday.

Those concerns, tied up in an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, accompany dismal forecasts in wheelchair production and other outlets. Invacare manufactures in-home and long-term care products.

"While we regret having to take this step, we recognize the need to align our workforce with our production volume,'' says Gerry Blouch, Invacare president and CEO.

The news is the latest notch in the web of history riddled throughout Elyria. Chronicled by The New York Times in October, Elyria's past and present are worn with the ebb and flow of progress and the receding tides of time.

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