Benteler to shut Mich. site in auto revamp

Jun 21, 2013 | 05:19 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Benteler Automotive, Benteler Group, steel part forming, plant closure, Grand Rapids, global restructuring, Maryam Komejan, seamless tube mill Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Benteler Automotive Corp., a subsidiary of Germany’s Benteler Group, plans to close its Grand Rapids, Mich., factory by the end of March 2014 as part of a global restructuring of its operations.

The facility produces structural vehicle components such as door beam supports and steel pillars.

"The reason for closing is entirely strategic," company spokeswoman Maryam Komejan told AMM June 21.

"It is our oldest plant (in North America), not as flexible for our needs and also underutilized. We are consolidating those operations into Kalamazoo, Mich., and Goshen, Ind.," she continued, with the bulk of the roll-forming, stamping and related equipment relocating to Kalamazoo.....

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