Bloomington-Normal and towns for miles around are responding to word that Mitsubishi is closing its Bloomington-Normal plant late this year.
Production has slipped from over 200-thousand vehicles in 2002 to 64,000 a year as Mitsubishi's share of the U.S. market has fallen below one percent. Marc Passoni is a former employee of the plant and has a number of relatives collecting a check there.
He says the disappointment is heightened by previous talk of expansion.
In November, Mitbushi will be the first Japanese automaker to cease production in Europe and North America, although they have no plans to abandon the U.S. car market.. Nearly 13-hundred workers will be impacted by the closure.