DETROIT - Lear Corp. of Southfield, Mich., will close four plants and cut 1,166 jobs. About 85 percent of the layoffs will affect hourly workers.
Lear's Marlette, Mich., plant, which makes sun visors, will close by July. The supplier's Bowling Green, Ohio, plant, which makes floor consoles for trucks and molded trim parts, also will close by July. The Peru, Ind., plant, which makes electrical components and interior trim, will close by June. The Wentzville, Mo., plant, which makes seats for General Motors' full-sized vans, will close by April.
Lear's O'Fallon, Mo., plant, which supplied complete interiors for GM's upscale full-sized vans, closed in December. The supplier shuttered that plant because the automaker stopped building that vehicle. The plant's 115 employees were laid off.
These plant closures were part of the restructuring plan Lear announced in October, says Andrea Puchalsky, company spokeswoman. Charges associated with the restructuring will be recorded for the fourth quarter of 2001. No dollar values were disclosed.