Johnson Controls Inc. said today that it is cutting 250 jobs at its technical centers in Plymouth, Mich., and Holland, Mich., in order to adjust to production cuts announced recently by its customers.
Johnson Controls said workers affected will include administrative, managerial, engineering, and technical positions. The reductions will begin in early October and are expected to be complete in early November.
"Declining vehicle volumes and increasing material costs are just some of the factors facing our North American automotive business," said Jeff Williams, group vice president and general manager of North America for Johnson Controls, in a statement. "These continue to be challenging times in our industry. Unfortunately, we have to make these changes to maintain our competitiveness in this environment."
Johnson Controls' automotive division is based in Plymouth, and the company employs about 7,900 in Michigan. The company's headquarters are in Milwaukee.
Johnson Controls ranks No. 5 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $19.40 billion in 2005.
The company said it will provide support and outplacement services to help affected employees.
Johnson Controls also said today that it plans to close two plants in Portugal that produce foam and seat covers by the end of 2007 due to cost pressures and excess capacity, cutting about 875 jobs.
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