Grammer Americas is permanently laying off 27 workers at its Beloit, Wis., plant by Jan. 23 due to a reduced production schedule from a "major OEM customer."
"Our team has carefully and strategically evaluated the projected demand for 2022 with our primary Beloit customer and determined that we must decrease our staff count in order to accommodate for shifting customer demand," a Nov. 29 news release said. "This decrease in positions will ultimately strengthen our stance in the region and allow us to provide better support all our customers during this continued economic uncertainty."
The plant was previously part of Toledo Molding & Die. Grammar purchased TMD in 2018.
Most of the eliminated positions are in production operations, the release said.
"Our goal at this time is to make these changes as effectively as we can so exiting staff members will have as much time as possible ... to seek new roles in the area," it said. "Our team will do everything we can to communicate effectively with exiting team members and will be as supportive as we can as they engage in their search for new positions."
All of the affected employees are represented by the United Automotive, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, a notice sent to the Wisconsin Bureau of Workforce Training said. There is a collective bargaining agreement between Grammer and the UAW.
Ursensollen, Germany-based Grammer AG develops and supplies interior and operating systems and thermoplastic components for the automotive industry. The company employs about 14,000 people in 20 countries.