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THURSTON -- An Ohio-based manufacturer said Tuesday it had signed a letter of intent to buy the Blu-Jet line of fertilizer applicators, tillage equipment and other products made by Thurston Manufacturing.

Upon completion of the sale, Unverferth Manufacturing Co. would move Blu-Jet manufacturing from northeast Nebraska to Unverferth's plants in Kalida and Delphos, Ohio, and Shell Rock, Iowa.

In January, Thurston filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In a motion filed Tuesday, the company petitioned the court to approve the sale of intellectual property and related assets, including the "Blu-Jet product line and all business operations."

Terms of the Thurston-Unverferth deal were not disclosed.

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Thurston officials declined to say how many workers would be affected by the sale or whether the facility in Thurston would remain open after the sale of the Blu-Jet line. The plant also makes a line of attachments for skid steer loaders and does contract manufacturing for other firms.

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