Canal Winchester, Ohio — HFI, which supplies upholstered polyurethane components for automotive interiors, is planning to lay off 99 people from its Ohio manufacturing facility.
The company, which claims to have made 25 million headrests for U.S. passenger cars in the past five years, also makes seats and interior door panels. It uses foam-in-place technology for the headrests. It also produces armrests and other interior components using polyurethane.
The first job is likely to go on Aug. 3, the company said in a filing to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development. Employees may be placed on paid leave of absence before that date, the company added.
No details of the number of employees that could be affected in this way was released as the company plans to staff its manufacturing operations with only the people that it needs. However, those on placed on leave-of-absence will remain employees, and be paid until their contracts are terminated.
HFI employs 190 people at the site. The company also has US locations at Allen Park, Michigan; Arab, Alabama; Obetz, Ohio; and Eagle Pass, Texas. In Mexico it has operations in Monclova, Coahuila; Ciudad Obregon, Sonora; San Luis Potosi; Romita, Guanajuato; and Matehuala, San Luis Potosi.