SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Schaeffler Group officials say the automotive parts maker is shipping nearly 120 jobs from its INA ball bearings plant in Spartanburg to Mexico over the next six months.
The vice president of human resources for Schaeffler's U.S. headquarters in Fort Mill said the move is necessary for the company to be competitive. Greg Tinnell says production and shipping jobs will go to the company's new plant in Iraputo, Mexico.
The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported Thursday the loss will leave about 60 employees in Spartanburg, down from about 400 last year. The plant's products include bearings and engine parts for auto manufacturers.
Tinnell said workers laid off will get a severance package.
Schaeffler Group USA also operates plants in Fort Mill and Cheraw.