Bridgewater Interiors to lay off 249
Auto supplier Bridgewater Interiors LLC plans to lay off 249 employees from its Fort Street plant in Detroit starting in December, the company told the state of Michigan last week in a layoff notice.
The layoffs stem from the end of a contract to build seats for an unnamed automaker, said Mary Kay Dodero, a senior manager of communications for Johnson Controls.
Bridgewater, an automotive interiors company, is a joint venture between Johnson Controls and Detroit-based Epsilon Technologies LLC. It was created in 1988 and is a certified minority business.
The plant employs more than 300, Dodero said.
“There is still work,” she said. “Bridgewater is continuing to look for new business to come into the plant.”
The layoffs will happen in two waves. The majority will be laid off Dec. 8, or within two weeks after that. Four workers will be laid off Jan. 5, or two weeks after that, according to the notice from Bridgewater to the state.
Some employees being laid off are represented by UAW Local 600 in Dearborn. Dodero declined to comment on whether workers will receive severance.
Bridgewater has more than 1,500 employees at four U.S. locations that supply General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Honda Motor Co., according to the company’s website. Its Fort Street plant supports GM, Ford and Chrysler, according to the website.