TOKYO (Reuters) -- Mitsubishi Motors said today it has given up trying to find an automotive buyer for its sole assembly plant in the U.S.
Mitsubishi confirmed a report in Japan's Nikkei newspaper, which said that the automaker was unable to find a buyer for its factory in Normal, Ill., and take on its workers.
"We have given up looking for an automaker to buy the plant, but we are looking for possible buyers from other industries," a Mitsubishi Motors spokesman said.
But the spokesman refused comment on the report's claim that Mitsubishi Motors expected to book an extraordinary loss of between 20 billion yen and 30 billion yen ($169.52 million to $254.28 million) in the fiscal year ending in March due to costs related to the closure.
Once a production hub for Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport SUV model, the Normal, Ill., plant ended vehicle production in November, laying off 1,000 workers.
The automaker said the plant would continue to make car parts until the end of May, at which point its remaining 250 workers would no longer be needed.
Last year, the automaker said it would center production in Japan, Southeast Asia and Russia, after closing its plant in the Netherlands in 2012.