Closure is Part of Restructuring Initiative Announced in Company's Second
TROY, Mich., July 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc.
(NYSE: ARM) today announced it would close its Commercial Vehicle Systems
(CVS) assembly operation in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada by Nov. 23, 2007.
The closure is part of previously announced restructuring actions in North
America and Europe which the company expects to affect 13 plants and 2,800
employees, resulting in an estimated annual run rate savings of $130-$140
million by 2012.
The facility in St. Thomas employs 17 people, and serves as an assembly
site of the company's drivelines. Operations based in St. Thomas will be
transferred to ArvinMeritor's facility in Laurinburg, N.C.
Employees were advised of the closure today during a meeting at the
facility. ArvinMeritor will offer outplacement support and severance and
benefits packages to affected employees.
"Actions like these are never easy, but are necessary because of the
highly competitive nature of the motor vehicle industry," said Wayne Watson,
general manager, Operations, North America. "The company must have a global
manufacturing footprint that optimizes capacity, reduces costs, and creates
the greatest level of customer service."
Brad Ducharme, site manager at the St. Thomas facility said, "The closure
of St. Thomas is in no way a reflection of our fine workforce. Our employees
are talented and highly skilled individuals who have worked hard to support
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The
company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original
equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy,
Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 19,000 people in 24 countries.
ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at:
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in supply of parts to our facilities or demand for our products due to work
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