Martinrea Hot Stampings plans to shutter its Detroit plant and permanently lay off up to 122 workers, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV ends production of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart cars by year’s end.
The auto supplier, a subsidiary of Ontario-based Martinrea International, informed the state of Michigan last week of its plans to close the facility at 19200 Glendale through the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act.
“This closure is expected to be permanent and will affect all employees remaining after the previously announced layoffs,” the company said in the July 28 notification. “We hope to accomplish this plant closing with the least possible disruption to our employees and the community.”
The first layoffs connected to the closing are expected to be Sept. 26, according to the filing. They may come in stages, depending upon the need for workers as the business winds down, the company said.
Martinrea earlier in the month had announced intentions of permanently laying off 68 United Auto Workers-represented employees due to Fiat Chrysler “further reducing its production schedule and orders from us and FCA will be removing certain of its tooling related to other product lines as early as this week.”
The facility does hot stamping and assembly work for the sedans, according to the company filings with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and media reports.
Representatives with Martinrea did not immediately respond for comment.
UAW Region 1A Director Rory Gamble called the notice “disappointing but not unexpected.” He said the union’s “goal is to work with the local union and our UAW members to get them the benefits they need and back to work as soon as possible.”
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne earlier this year announced that the company would cease making the Chrysler 200 in Sterling Heights and the Dodge Dart in Belvidere, Illinois.
The company recently announced it would cease production of the Dodge Dart compact sedan in Illinois in September, followed by the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan in Sterling Heights in December. The moves are part of a shift for its U.S. manufacturing to focus on hot-selling pickups and SUVs.