Aeroquip-Vickers Inc. will close its plastic automotive interiors plant in Spring Arbor, Mich., that the supplier had put up for sale in February.
The closing affects 210 employees, who cannot be relocated to other Aeroquip facilities because the company is exiting the interior trim business.
The 91,000-square-foot injection molding plant, which makes a variety of trim components, will close in mid-August, said spokesman Lee Brower of Aeroquip Corp., the Maumee, Ohio-based subsidiary of Aeroquip-Vickers. The parent also is based in Maumee.
In February, the company said it would attempt to sell eight plastic molding and assembly plants and exit the automotive interior trim business by the third quarter of 1997. The plants had suffered an aggregate sales decline and were operating at a loss, company officials had said.
Aeroquip was unsuccessful in its attempt to sell the Spring Arbor plant, forcing the company to close the underperforming facility, Brower said.
``We made every attempt to sell the plant,'' he said. ``But we exhausted all viable means to find parties interested in buying it. It was never our intent to close the plant but we faced no other choice.''
The Spring Arbor plant is still for sale, as are three others that have not yet found buyers, he said.
Available equipment and clamping forces at the plant were not available, but according to industry sources it operates more than 20 presses. In total, the eight plants for sale had 149 presses with clamp forces of 75-1,500 tons.
The Spring Arbor site makes glove box panels and other interior trim parts for Detroit's Big Three automakers.
Plant sales figures were unavailable.
The company has sold half the interior trim plants since it first announced its intention to exit the business.
Brower said plants in Roedelheim and Beienheim, Germany, are still for sale.
He did not know whether those plants are scheduled to close. The European sites are Aeroquip's largest interior trim facilities.
Aeroquip-Vickers changed its name from Trinova Corp. after shareholders approved the action at an April meeting.
The publicly held company generated combined sales of $2 billion during 1996 from its Aeroquip and Vickers divisions.