Auto Parts Plant Closing, Cutting Over 1,000 Jobs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Continental Automotive Systems U.S. says it will close its automotive parts plant in Huntsville by Dec. 31 next year, laying off more than 1,000 workers.

Monday's announcement comes a month after the Continental warned that cutting costs in product development and manufacturing were necessary to save the company. According to the company, product lines made in the Huntsville will be shifted to facilities in Texas and Mexico. Product development operations will be relocated to plants in Auburn Hills, Mich.; Deer Park, Ill.; and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Employees were notified Monday in three meetings at the plant, which is in Jetplex Industrial Park near Huntsville International Airport. Continental says the plant's closure will be implemented in several phases.

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