Ohio supplier lays off 66 at Lansing plant

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

Comprehensive Logistics Co. Inc., an Ohio-based company that manages the delivery of automotive parts and handles sub-manufacturing for automakers, announced Tuesday it would lay off 66 workers at its Lansing plant.

According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification document filed with the state of Michigan on January 20, the supplier said it realized it would need to layoff salaried and union workers as of January 9.

The plant, located at 2510 Snow Road, supplies Detroit carmaker General Motors Corp.’s operations, including the Lansing Grand River assembly plant, and for Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. The Lansing Grand River plant makes the Cadillac CTS and ATS sedans.

The workers are represented by the United Steel Workers of America Local 2-921. President Joe Crum could not be reached for comment. A phone call to the union’s sub-district office in Taylor was also not returned.

Back in December, GM announced it would suspend 450 hourly workers —100 more than expected — at the Delta Township plant as it moved to one shift in January. The move was meant to realign production in the wake of sluggish sales of the Cadillac sedans.

Many of those employees were able to transfer to the nearby Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant which produces the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave SUVs, the company said in a statement back in December.

GM spokeswoman Erin Davis said she could not comment on its suppliers.

Iris Truitt, director of human resources for the supplier, as well as spokesman Donald Rendulic, did not respond to a request for comment.

Comprehensive Logistics recently announced plans to open a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee, early next year to supply GM's Spring Hill Assembly Plant located less than a mile away.

The plant produces the Chevrolet Equinox.

It’s part of an initiative by the automaker to encourage suppliers to move closer to its existing plants to reduce costs.

In October, GM said it expects to save $700 million in material and transportation costs this year in North America, and save $900 million in 2015 and 2016.


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