AAA to Close 7 Iowa Offices

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By Becky Ogann

DES MOINES (AP) - AAA has announced it will close seven offices in Iowa as part of a plan to shut down 34 offices and lay off 200 workers in seven Midwestern states.

AAA Iowa spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer says offices in Keokuk, Ottumwa, Burlington, Marshalltown, Ames, Fort Dodge and Council Bluffs will close. She says the Council Bluffs staff will be transferred to the Omaha, Neb., office.

She says fewer than 20 Iowa workers will lose their jobs.

The offices will close by the end of March.

Weinholzer says the closures are in response to more customers using the AAA Web site and toll-free number to do business.

Other states affected by the cuts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Indiana.

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