The local economy took a significant hit when Superior Industries announced in August that it would close its Pittsburg plant. With 600 employees and a $27 million payroll, Superior was one of the city's largest employers. Its impact on the local economy was estimated at $110 million annually.

The local economy took a significant hit when Superior Industries announced in August that it would close its Pittsburg plant. With 600 employees and a $27 million payroll, Superior was one of the city's largest employers. Its impact on the local economy was estimated at $110 million annually.

Superior cited as one of the reasons for closing the local plant the reduced demand for sport utility vehicles and light trucks, a lessened demand that came partly as a result of skyrocketing gas prices earlier this year.

But Superior wasn't the only well-known business to make changes in 2008. Richard Pallucca, owner of Pallucca's Market in Frontenac, announced this fall he was closing the store's grocery side and scaling back its regular operations. The catering service will continue and the store will be open occasionally for folks who want to purchase the popular meats.

Goody's Family Clothing Inc. also closed its Pittsburg location in 2008.