UNITED TECHNOLOGIES AUTOMOTIVE TO KEEP PLYMOUTH, IND., PLANT OPEN
UNITED TECHNOLOGIES AUTOMOTIVE TO KEEP PLYMOUTH, IND., PLANT OPEN PLYMOUTH, Ind., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Technologies Automotive (UTA) plant here will remain open "for the foreseeable future" due to an unexpected increase in business, the company announced today. UTA announced in June 1991 that the 100-year-old plant would close by November 1991. Three months later, UTA said the plant would remain open at least through mid-1992 due to larger-than-expected orders for products made there. "Now, based on projected orders, I'm pleased to say the plant will remain open for the foreseeable future," Harold Frecker, UTA manufacturing manager - wiring systems, told the plant's employees today. The Plymouth plant has 285 employees and makes wire harnesses for car and truck manufacturers. UTA recently obtained several new contracts to supply wiring systems for future vehicles, and has picked up additional orders after other suppliers were unable to fulfill contracts with automakers, Frecker said. "A year ago we had a severe problem of excess manufacturing capacity in our wiring systems operations, which demanded that we consolidate plants," Frecker said. "This problem has now been alleviated to some degree, allowing us to continue providing quality products from Plymouth." After announcing the closing of the Plymouth plant last year, UTA had considered ways to keep a manufacturing operation in the community, perhaps in a different product line. "Speaking for UTA's management, I'm extremely pleased we'll be staying in Plymouth," Frecker said. "We've had tremendous harmony with our employees, the labor union and the local community, and the quality of work has never been questioned." It is not known exactly how long the Plymouth plant will remain open, according to James Rowe, UTA vice president of operations, wiring systems. The age and deteriorating condition of the plant, which were among the reasons Plymouth had originally been slated for closing, remain factors working against its long-term future. "I can't say the plant will remain open for five or 10 years," Rowe said. "But I can say that for now and the foreseeable future, Plymouth is a very important part of our operations. "Our employees have lived under a cloud of uncertainty for nearly a year, and we appreciate their dedication and cooperation," Rowe said. "This experience shows how quickly things can change in the auto industry. It's a volatile, ever-changing business." UTA, with headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., is a major supplier of electrical and interior trim systems and components to car and truck manufacturers worldwide. It is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), based in Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace, building systems and automotive industries. -0- 4/1/92 /CONTACT: Jim Fisher of United Technologies Automotive, 313-593-9672/ (UTX) CO: United Technologies Automotive ST: Indiana, Michigan IN: AUT SU:
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