THEN: When Eaton Corp. announced it would be opening a plant in Hastings 15 years ago, some in the business community were still reeling over the loss of the Coleman Powermate plant and it's 140 jobs.
NOW: The Eaton plant at 300 E. 39th St. today operates with about 70 employees in what staff calls a tight-knit community.
"I joined this plant about a year and a half ago and one thing I noticed right away is this plant is special," said plant manager Sriram "Shree" Gurumurthy. "People are very hard working and there's a lot of ownership. Engagement is so high."