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Grand Haven Plant to End Production

June 12, 2001

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) _ Grand Haven Stamped Products Inc., a maker of decorative plastics for the automotive industry, says it is ending production at one of its two Grand Haven plants and will eliminate 120 jobs, or 13 percent of its overall work force.

Positions at the affected plant will be phased out through August, leaving only nonproduction positions, including development and laboratory jobs, the company said. The plant makes cup holders and overhead compartments for cars.

The decision was made after Johnson Controls Inc. recently informed the company that it will no longer be a customer because it is consolidating business interests, including the in-house manufacture of such products. Johnson Controls is based in Milwaukee and has 5,000 workers in Holland, Mich.

Johnson Controls accounted for 85 percent of the business at his company’s plastics division, said Jerry Scott, president of the Grand Haven-based company.

Scott said Monday the closing will not affect the company’s second Grand Haven factory or plants in Hart and Spring Lake.

After the jobs are phased out, the company will have 780 employees working at the other facilities, which make products such as transmission shifters for automobiles.

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