GHSP Inc. will close one of its four Michigan production facilities within the next few months, the result of a slowdown in the auto industry and the loss of the site's biggest customer.
Shuttering the 120-employee plant in Grand Haven, Mich., will end a 15-month turnaround attempt, said President Jerry Scott.
GHSP - formerly called Grand Haven Stamping Products and also based in Grand Haven - bought the molding facility in February 2000 from JSJ Plastics Inc. It also operated previously under the name Michigan Plastics.
The plant produces a variety of interior trim components with 35 presses ranging in size from 100 tons to 1,000 tons. The biggest customer for its cup holders, armrests and overhead consoles is Johnson Controls Inc., which has accounted for 85 percent of the plant's sales, Scott said.
Business had been picking up at the site, he said, but when JCI decided to pare down its supplier base, the GHSP operation was left out of the loop.
``We had made some dramatic improvements,'' Scott said in a June 13 telephone interview. ``We just weren't big enough.''
Adding to its problems was the auto industry slowdown, which meant the company could not attract enough outside sales to keep the plant running.
``We were starting to get a lot of interest from other companies, but it wasn't enough,'' he said.
GHSP will move some of the presses to its other facilities and sell the rest, Scott said.
The shutdown will not impact the company's other three Michigan operations: in Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Hart.
GHSP specializes in manufacturing shifters, electronic throttle controls, adjustable pedals and controls for the furniture industry.