Donnelly Retools Its Lear Plant Adds 100 Jobs


    HOLLAND — A plant that once housed a former joint venture is now producing a vital component for Donnelly Corp’s. automotive mirrors.

    Donnelly last month launched production of electrochromic cells in a plant on 128th Avenue in Holland Township. Donnelly is spending $12 million to retool and equip the plant to make EC cells for its automatic-dimming interior and exterior mirrors.

    That 55,000-square-foot plant had stood largely unused since 1999, when Donnelly sold its stake in the former Lear Donnelly Overhead Systems LLC, a joint venture formed in 1997 with Lear Corp.

    “When that partnership was ended, that building stood practically empty for awhile,” Donnelly spokeswoman Beverly Snyder said. “Now they’re filling it up.”

    Donnelly began initial production in the facility in early August and expects to add additional production lines and 100 new employees through the end of the year, Snyder said.

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