Automotive suppliers are continuing to cut manufacturing as carmakers scale back production.
Most of the closures are in response to slowing demand, which is leaving factories underutilized and forcing suppliers to restructure, executives said.
Lear Corp. of Southfield, Mich., has closed one facility and will shut four more in the next six months in response to U.S. customer changes.
Holland, Mich.-based Donnelly Corp., meanwhile, is phasing out production at its Mount Sterling, Ky., window encapsulation plant and shifting that injection molding work and equipment to its manufacturing base in Holland. The company did not have enough Southern business to sustain the Kentucky operation, said spokeswoman Beverly Snyder.
The 120 employees in Kentucky can move along with their jobs, she said. She did not know how many will make the transition. The plant is set to close in April.
Two of the five plants Lear will shut down this year have injection molding operations. About 325 people work at Lear's plant in Bowling Green, Ohio, producing floor consoles and interior trim parts. It is to close by July 1.
Another 163 people at Lear's facility in Peru, Ind., make interior trim and electrical connectors. That site is to shut down in June.
Lear also is closing by midyear a 158-employee seating operation in Wentzville, Mo., and a sun visor production plant in Marlette, Mich., with 525 jobs.
It already closed a 115-job operation in O'Fallon, Mo., that installed interiors for luxury General Motors Corp. vans. When GM halted the van line, Lear was forced to close its production, said spokeswoman Andrea Puchalsky.
The closures come as the firm already has decreased its white-collar staff and must look elsewhere to continue to consolidate and further cut costs, she said.