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Tigard plant plans shutdown this summer

Layoffs at Commercial Vehicle Group scheduled for July


Commercial Vehicle Group in Tigard will begin laying off its employees sooner than anticipated.

The company — which makes seat belts, suspension seats, electronic wire harnesses, controls, switches, mirrors, wiper systems and other products for commercial vehicles — filed a notice with the state’s Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development that it would layoff its 89 employees starting July 9. Layoffs will continue through the end of the year.

The notice announcing the layoffs comes two months after the company said it would be closing its doors later this year.

The New Albany, Ohio-based company operates a production facility and warehouse at 8005 S.W. Hunziker St.

The Tigard facility makes interior trim for large commercial vehicles, such as instrument panels and storage cabinets.

The Tigard plant's 89 employees will have the option to move to other plants. The company also plans to petition the Oregon Department of Labor for assistance for laid-off employees.

“Strategic decisions that impact personnel are always difficult and are not taken lightly,” said Patrick Miller, the company’s president of global truck and bus, in March when the company first announced it was closing. “But this is a necessary step in response to changing customer needs and industry dynamics.”

Most of that work will be moved to other plants scattered across North America.

“Many of our customers, serviced by our Tigard facility, have transitioned their businesses to other geographic regions,” Miller said.

It will cost the company between $3.2 million to $3.5 million to close the Tigard plant, accounting for between $1.5 million to $2.5 million a year in savings.

This isn’t the first time the company has closed plants in the Northwest. It shut down its plant in Vancouver, Wash., in 2009.