Delphi Shuttering Wisconsin Plant

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development approved $251,000 in federal funds toward employment-assistance services to workers laid off at the auto-parts supplier.

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Delphi Corp. told Wisconsin officials this week it will close its powertrain-systems plant in Oak Creek around the end of the year, laying off about 200 employees.
 
The layoffs, which include mostly manufacturing positions, are expected to be permanent.
 
A Delphi spokesman did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
 
After being forewarned of the layoffs two years ago, the state Department of Workforce Development in May approved $251,000 in federal funds toward employment-assistance services to workers laid off at Delphi and other Milwaukee-area companies.
 
''These funds will assist dislocated workers in finding new employment, continuing their education or expanding their existing skill sets,'' said department spokeswoman Jessica Erickson.
 
The struggling auto-parts supplier, based in Troy, Mich., used to be part of General Motors Corp. before it was spun off as a separate company in 1999.
 
Delphi had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005. Last week it filed a reorganization plan with a federal bankruptcy court that would enable it to emerge from bankruptcy protection by the end of the year.
 
In August, the company settled lawsuits by investors who accused the company's former managers of fraud.
 
Oak Creek is about 15 miles south of downtown Milwaukee.
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