Ford closing last ex-Visteon plant, will lay off 257

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

The last of the employees at Ford Motor Co.’s Automotive Components Holdings will be permanently laid off in December, according to a notice filed with the state.

The closure of the climate control systems plant on Sheldon Road in Plymouth will affect 257 employees, including 166 hourly and 91 salaried staffers. The plant is the last of the Automotive Components Holdings businesses to be sold by Ford.

According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state Oct. 8, the plan will close between Dec. 8 and 23.

Most of those workers will be hired by the new owner, Detroit Thermal Employees, said Ford spokeswoman Dawn Booker. It wasn’t clear exactly how many employees would remain laid off.

Detroit Thermal Employees is a joint venture between Valeo and V. Johnson Enterprises, owned by former Detroit Pistons star Vinnie Johnson. The deal was completed in 2012.

Automotive Components Holdings was always meant to be a temporary business. It was formed in 2005 when Ford bailed out its parts subsidiary Visteon Corp. The company transferred 17 component factories and six research facilities to Ford, and the automaker formed Automotive Components Holdings to ensure it would still have enough parts while preparing to sell the facilities.

The employees are represented by the United Auto Workers Union local 845. UAW spokeswoman Sandra Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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