Faurecia to lay off 348, close two Michigan plants
French automotive supplier Faurecia North America will lay off 348 employees and close two Michigan plants as a result of discontinuation of the Chrysler 200.
The layoffs, filed this week with the state of Michigan, will affect employees at four local plants and will begin Dec. 2.
Two facilities — the Masonic Plant in Fraser and the Sterling Heights plant on Merrill Road — will permanently close. The closure will affect 117 workers at its Sterling Heights Plant and 93 workers at the Masonic Plant.
Two other facilities — another Sterling Heights plant on Sims Drive and the company’s Fraser Plant on 14 Mile — will remain open, because they provide support for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. products in addition to the Chrysler 200. Faurecia is cutting 40 jobs at the Fraser Plant and 98 jobs at the Sterling Heights plant.
“It’s a direct connection to the 200,” said Tony Sapienza, Faurecia North America's director of communications. “They simply don’t need the components for those vehicles after December.”
Faurecia provides seats as well as interior components like instrument panels, center consoles and door panels for the 200.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently said it had axed production of its Dodge Dart and will end production of the Chrysler 200 in December amid sluggish sales for sedans. Earlier this year, FCA indefinitely laid off 1,300 workers at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant as sales slowed.
Faurecia isn’t the only auto supplier affected by FCA’s decision.
Martinrea Hot Stampings said in August it plans to shutter its Detroit plant and permanently lay off up to 122 workers. 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.