Collins & Aikman Corp. plans to consolidate its product groups, including its plastic automotive interiors operations, in a move that could led to major job cutbacks.
The restructuring will affect the operations of Collins & Aikman Plastics Inc., now a free-standing subsidiary based in Troy, Mich. The plastics group will become part of both the company's North American and European Automotive interior systems divisions.
The divisions also will include the automotive carpet, acoustics and accessory mat businesses of Collins & Aikman, based in Charlotte, N.C. The shift will help the supplier eliminate redundant operations, said spokesman Lawson Hayes.
The company's North American operations will be based at its new, 60,000-square-foot automotive center in Troy. The center will be completed by late August, Hayes said.
The move could affect as many as 500 Collins & Aikman employees, some of whom will be offered other positions within the company, Hayes said. Specific business groups that will be affected have not been determined, he added.
D. Michael Weston, currently president of C&A Plastics, will become president of the company's Germany-based Europe Automotive Interior Systems unit. Dennis Hiller, president of the supplier's carpet and acoustics division, will head North American interior-systems operations.