Lear isn't the only company in this predicament. Canadian automotive supply giant Magna International Inc., which has a major presence in metro Detroit, has six manufacturing plants and 2,500 employees in Russia. The company also idled operations there in March.
The plants remain shut down, and the assets are still owned by Magna, a company spokeswoman told Crain's on Tuesday.
Other manufacturers have also moved to sell off assets after pausing or scaling back operations.
Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. halted business in Russia, and Ford sold its stake in a joint venture in the country.
Koch Industries, the parent company of Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries, sold its business in Russia, composed of two glass-making plants and 600 employees, to Vladimir Alexandrovich Voronin, president of FSK Group, for an undisclosed sum in July.
Benton Harbor, Mich.-based appliance giant Whirlpool Corp. sold its Russian business to Arcelik in a deal that closed in August, according to a company spokesman. Terms were not disclosed.
Kellogg Co. initially continued making staple foods in Russia, where it has about 1,600 employees and operates three plants. However, company spokeswoman Kris Bahner confirmed to Crain's on Jan. 10 that Battle Creek-based Kellogg will sell its Russia business to local company Chernogolovka.
"Our primary goal as we exit this market is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees," Bahner said in an emailed statement. "The sale is subject to a number of local government regulatory approvals."
As of May, some other Michigan-based companies still had operations in Russia, including Domino's Pizza Inc., Tenneco Inc. and Dow Inc. Crain's reached out to each of those companies to check on the status of operations and assets in Russia, but they did not immediately respond.