Lear Closing Janesville Plant

UPDATED Friday, October 17, 2008 --- 9:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --- A supplier to the General Motors plant in Janesville will begin mass layoffs Dec. 23 — the same day GM production is ending there.

Lear Corp. told the state Department of Workforce Development on Friday it will lay off 371 workers beginning on that date.

Lear supplies interiors and seating systems to the GM plant at Janesville in Rock County.

In nearby Jefferson County, SPX Corp. informed the state agency Friday it will lay off 169 workers at Lake Mills over a seven-month period starting Dec. 18, and the plant is expected to close.

The plant makes food processing equipment and has been in Lake Mills since the late 1800s. SPX is based in Charlotte, N.C., and purchased the former APV Cerpaco facility last January.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.

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Posted Friday, October 17, 2008 --- 2:50 p.m.

Click HERE for company's notice to the City of Janesville

Click HERE for Flint Special Services, Inc notice to the City of Janesville it is closing operation in city

Lear will close its Janesville plant on December 23rd. The company sent notice to the city council earlier this week. You can click on the link above to read the letter from the company.

Flint Special Services, Inc also announced plans to close. Again, you can click on the link above to read the letter it sent to the Janesville city council. Flint Special Services operates a trucking service.

Today's report from the Wisconsin State Journal Online:
On the heels of the announcement Monday that General Motors will stop making sport utility vehicles in Janesville on Dec. 23, at least one of its suppliers says it will also cease production.

Lear, which makes seats for the Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes and GMC Yukons that GM produces, will close its Janesville plant Dec. 23, officials have told the state Department of Workforce Development, ending the jobs of more than 370 people.

The jobs of nearly 1,300 GM employees in Janesville will also end on Dec. 23, two days before Christmas.