Auto supplier to lay off 345 at Highland Park plant

Nora Naughton
The Detroit News

Auto supplier Yanfeng Automotive Interiors will start the new year with layoffs at its Highland Park plant.

A notice sent to the Michigan Workforce Development Agency last week indicates that the auto interiors supplier will permanently eliminate a total of 345 positions, including 20 salaried positions, 207 hourly union positions and 118 third-party contract positions. The layoffs, beginning Jan. 30 and continuing through March, are prompted by a loss of business, the letter states.

The affected union workers are represented by the United Automobile Workers. The letter says Yanfeng negotiated a plant reduction agreement with Local 400 earlier this year.

A spokeswoman from Yanfeng did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Yanfeng is a supplier of instrument panels and cockpit systems, door panels, floor consoles, overhead consoles, lighting and decorative trim. The company is relatively new, formed in 2015 as a joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd. and Adient, a supplier of automotive seats.

The supplier built a new technical center and moved its southeast Michigan headquarters from Plymouth to Novi earlier this year — an $8.45 million investment.