Avon Automotive confirms closure of Michigan factory

Cadillac, Michigan – Avon Automotive Inc. plans to close its Manton, Michigan, moulded-rubber parts plant by midsummer and shift the site’s automotive production to Mexico.

About 150 workers are employed at the 85 000-foot2 (7900 m2) factory. The actual number of layoffs hasn’t been determined because some jobs will be transferred to the company’s hose plant here, CEO Lee Richards said in a phone interview this month.

Richards cited increased energy and material costs along with a poor automotive parts market as the prime reasons for…

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