Lear Corp. will be spending more than $2.2 million at its northwest Indiana seat manufacturing facility where they will be producing seats for the new Ford Explorer SUV. Production positions and some technical and administrative positions will be among the 285 jobs created at the plant this year by way of this deal.
“This is good for middle America, especially since so many jobs were lost,” Lear spokesman Mel Stephens said today. “This isn”t just five jobs; it”s pretty big and significant.”
The new Explorer is slated for production during the fourth quarter of this year at FoMoCo”s Chicago plant, which has been supplied by Lear since the mid-90″s. At least 100 laid-off workers will have the opportunity to secure one of the new jobs at the plant before Lear starts taking applications. Lear currently fills the No. 4 spot on the Automotive News list of top 150 North American suppliers as it employs 75,000 people across 35 countries and pulled in $4.9 billion in sales in 2008.
-By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Automotive News