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Truck supplier closing plant and laying off workers

March 27, 2017
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SAF-Holland plant worker
A worker operates a machine at an SAF-Holland plant. Courtesy SAF-Holland

A global supplier to the truck industry is closing a plant in the region, a move it said will affect all of its employees there.

SAF-Holland, which is headquartered in Luxembourg and has plants in Holland and Muskegon, said last week operations at 467 Ottawa Ave. in Holland will cease by Oct. 31, according to a WARN notice filed with the state.

The company is laying off 97 employees. Layoffs will begin on May 19. The company said it has notified all affected employees.

The Holland plant produces fifth wheels, truck suspensions, king pins and couplers, while the Muskegon plant produces fifth wheels and truck suspensions.


The plant closure follows news by SAF-Holland in January that it would transition production from its two lakeshore plants as part of its North American restructuring.

SAF-Holland is transitioning production at the Muskegon and Holland locations to group locations in Cincinnati, Dumas, Arkansas and Wylie, Texas.

Meanwhile, the testing centers and administrative offices of the Muskegon and Holland locations will be centralized at the facility in Muskegon, and the headquarters and corporate functions of the Americas region will also be centralized in Muskegon.

The company said in January the decision will “align the organizational structure” with changes in the market and “secure the long-term competitiveness” of the North American plant network.

The new structure will also be accompanied by an adjustment in the “excess production capacity” at the North American locations to “improve capacity utilization.”

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