Ohio auto supplier Excello closing down
MACEDONIA, OHIO - Automotive supplier Excello Engineered Systems LLC has filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and will close its operations, ending 127 jobs.
The Macedonia-based company forms and die cuts laminated film and sheet for the auto industry, specializing in water shields used in doors. Executives noted in an April 24 filing with the state of Ohio that Excello lost its biggest customer when Ford Motor Co. ended its contract with the firm. They said they do not expect to get enough additional business to stay open.
Excello filed April 25 for Chapter 11 with the bankruptcy court in Akron, Ohio. The firm expects to shut by the end of May.
Continental Structural site laying off 200
TROY, MICH. - Continental Structural Plastics Co. is laying off most of the workers at its North Baltimore, Ohio, facility.
The Troy-based firm stated in a notice that it will cut 200 jobs from the plant's 270-person workforce. The largest group of layoffs, 80 workers, will occur June 30 when production is phased out on parts for Mazda, Ranger and Navigator vehicles. The company will stagger the remaining layoffs so that the last 20 people will be cut Dec. 31. The layoffs are attributed to Continental's cutting back or phasing out of specific vehicle parts.
Continental makes thermoset plastic components such as hoods, fenders and door surrounds for cars and trucks.
A report in the Findlay, Ohio, Courier stated that Continental plans to move parts painting operations to its Carey, Ohio, plant, which itself underwent extensive layoffs in late 2006.
In an April 29 notice to Ohio's Dislocated Worker Unit of the Office of Workforce Development, Continental said the workers, who are represented by Local 1889 of the United Auto Workers union, will not have bumping rights in the layoffs.
Continental has owned the North Baltimore and Carey plants since midyear 2006, when it bought the Budd Plastics Division of Thyssen Krupp Automotive AG. The deal launched Continental into exterior vehicle parts production, complementing its stake in structural components, such as bumper beam reinforcements based on thermoplastic composites.
JAC to shut plant in consolidation move
PONTIAC, MICH. - JAC Products Inc. is consolidating assembly at its plants by closing an assembly-only site in Monclova, Ohio.
JAC will begin the shutdown June 17 and expects to complete it April 30, 2009. A total of 141 workers will be laid off permanently in the move, the company told the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in Columbus.
``This consolidation of operations is part of our ongoing efforts to continually improve our productivity, a prerequisite for success within the global automotive industry, and a mandate here at JAC Products,'' JAC President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Morrey said in a news release.
Each JAC plant will do all its own assembly after the shutdown, marketing and sales Vice President Donald Munoz said by phone. As a result, about 120 jobs will be created at plants in Franklyn, Ga., and in Shelby and Saline, Mich.
Pontiac-based JAC also said it has developed new cargo-management products for pickup trucks. It has begun making blow molded high density polyethylene dividers and storage bins for truck-bed boxes, as well as aluminum racks. It supplies them to Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing.
JAC makes functional vehicle trim such as cargo boxes, spoilers and racks from metal and injection molded thermoplastics.
Createc acquiring Kaneka EPP assets
INDIANAPOLIS - Createc Corp. is buying some assets and tooling from one of its suppliers that is slated to close.
Kaneka Texas Corp. had informed its Jackson, Mich., plant's 50 workers that the facility is closing this summer. The site makes expanded polypropylene used as an energy absorber for the automotive industry. Createc molds and forms Kaneka's EPP for use in parts like car bumpers.
The purchase will allow Indianapolis-based Createc to maintain a steady EPP supply for its customers, as well as boost its overall market share, the firm said in an April 27 news release.
Mike Bacon, vice president of automotive sales for Createc, confirmed that the Jackson plant still will close, and that Kaneka Texas' assets will be absorbed into Createc facilities.
Kaneka Texas is the Houston-based U.S. unit of Kaneka Corp. of Osaka, Japan.