Auburn Hills clamp supplier to lay off at least 200

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

DE-STA-CO, an Auburn Hills-based supplier of work-holding and automation equipment, has announced it will be consolidating operations at three of its Midwest facilities, including two plants in Michigan.

About 200 to 250 workers at the company’s Auburn Hills, Charlevoix and Wheeling, Illinois, plants will lose their jobs as production is shifted away from those facilities in the next 18-24 months, said Darren Greene, director of Global Marketing and Business Intelligence.

The company is consolidating operations at its plant in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.

“This new facility supports our focus on developing and manufacturing market-leading high-performance work-holding and automation solutions,” Mats Ceder, president of DE-STA-CO, said in a statement. “A consolidated manufacturing operation helps us achieve a number of customer service, innovation and efficiency goals, and positions the company for further growth.”

According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state of Michigan last week, production of bar clamps and other tools to assist workers at the Auburn Hills manufacturing plant at 1025 Doris Road in Auburn Hills will cease on or around Oct. 9, 2015.

The first set of terminations should come on Oct. 2 with subsequent terminations on Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Nov. 30 and Dec. 31.

According to the notice, 57 employees will be affected. The positions include 20 operators, eight set-up technicians, one machinist, one millwright and two die makers, among others.

Since the Auburn Hills office also serves as the company’s regional Americas headquarters and corporate office, DE-STA-CO says it will maintain its customer service and engineering presence in Auburn Hills.

About 100 additional employees at the Charlevoix plant will be laid off. That plant produces grippers and other holding parts for robots.

The Wheeling plant also has about 100 workers that will be laid off. That plant makes rotary indexers.

DE-STA-CO’s remote handling equipment business in Red Wing, Minnesota, is unaffected by the consolidation.

Greene said terminated employees willing to move can apply for jobs at the Tennessee facility.

DE-STA-CO was founded in 1915 as the Detroit Stamping Company, producing the first manual toggle clamp. The name was changed to DE-STA-CO in 1962 when the Dover Corporation acquired the company.

The 100-year-old company has operations in the U.S., Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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