Auto supplier laying off 59 workers

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Gill Industries is a supplier of seat structures, mechanisms and other components to the automotive, off-highway vehicle and furniture markets. Courtesy Gill Industries

A local automotive seating supplier is laying off 59 employees as part of a previously announced operational consolidation plan.

Grand Rapids-based Gill Industries said in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice filed with the state Wednesday that it will complete the wind down of its metal stamping production plant at 706 Bond Ave. NW in Grand Rapids by March 31.

The closure will result in the loss of up to 59 hourly and salaried nonunion jobs, according to the WARN notice.

Layoffs are expected to begin March 31 and conclude by April 10.

Positions being eliminated include press operators, material handlers, team leaders, tool and die repair technicians and a variety of support roles.

Some of the employees from the Bond facility may be offered positions at the Plainfield location, according to the WARN notice.

The move is part of the company’s previously announced consolidation of its three Grand Rapids-area production operations into one 135,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 5271 Plainfield Ave. NE.

David DeGraaf, president and CEO of Gill Industries, told the Business Journal in December that the consolidation would result in “internal efficiencies and reconfigurations” at the Plainfield site but that one of the company’s top goals during the transition would be “to keep the Michigan employee count as high as possible.”

Gill Industries is a supplier of seat structures, mechanisms and other components to the automotive, off-highway vehicle and furniture markets.

In addition to its Grand Rapids-area plants, the company has U.S. manufacturing sites in Richmond, Kentucky; Trenton, Georgia; two plants in Mexico and another in Ireland; and a U.S. sales office in Southfield.

The WARN notice doesn’t address the other facilities.

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