By Rhoda Miel, UT Akron Bureau
Plymouth, Michigan-Auto supplier Johnson Controls Inc. is cutting 500 jobs and shifting non-core injection moulding to an outside supplier, as part of an effort to streamline its interiors business.
The company will close two Michigan facilities but will continue to concentrate on plastics production in core value-added lines, such as its proprietary CrafTec two-shot moulding process, said company spokeswoman Debra Lacey.
JCI, whose auto unit is based in Plymouth, will close a sun visor distribution center in Zeeland, Michigan, and one of its Holland, Michigan, plants, which assembles overhead consoles and electronic components. Neither site has plastics processing.
Noncore injection moulding now at another Holland plant is going to a supplier. That plant, known as Holland-Maplewood, will continue to make headliners.
JCI would not identify the company that is getting the injection moulding work now at Holland-Maplewood.
While some competitors have sought to sell the plastics sides of their operations, JCI is committed to its complete interiors business, executives said. The change emphasises Johnson Control's value-added moulding.
Group vice president and general manager of North America Brian Kesseler said in a 31 May news release: "We have to make these changes to ensure that our manufacturing plants are running as optimally and cost-effectively as possible."