DETROIT -- Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. said Thursday that it plans to close its El Dorado, Ark., noise, vibration and harshness plant within the next 12 to 18 months, and will transfer production to similar operations at other locations.
The plant employs about 400 people.
"The consolidation of our El Dorado facility is necessary to better align our manufacturing capacity," Jim Pifer, the company's global NVH president, said in a press release.
"This move will improve our utilization levels and strengthen the portfolio of products manufactured at our other NVH facilities. We will also work closely with our employees and customers to execute a smooth and efficient transfer of current production business," he said.
Cooper-Standard, of Novi, Mich., makes a variety of body sealing systems, fluid handling systems, and noise, vibration and harshness control systems.
The company ranks No. 69 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $1.84 billion in 2004. It employs more than 14,000 people in 14 countries.