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Faurecia North America will close one of its two plants in Troy, and move some of the work into other facilities in Ohio and in Mexico.

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The 120,200-square-foot Troy West plant will be closed by August and 180 of the approximately 300 workers there will be moved to jobs in the Troy East and Franklin plants. The remainder of the workers will be given federal training and placement assistance, according to the company. Faurecia also is closing a plant in Granger, Ind., by August. Approximately 440 hourly and salaried employees will be impacted by the actions at Granger and Troy West.

Workers in Troy were notified during their shifts Wednesday and Thursday, according to Stacie Tong, manager of communications for Faurecia North America. Faurecia still has 400 workers at the Franklin plant. The exact number of workers at the Troy East plant wasn’t immediately available.

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The company manufactures exhaust systems and components and said the facility and personnel shifts are designed to align its exhaust systems production with the needs of its customer base and to meet logistical needs and economic requirements.

"Faurecia is executing a strategic plan to position its operations where they will be the most efficient for our customers," said Mark Stidham, president of Faurecia’s exhaust operations in North America. "While this means we must close our facilities in Granger and Troy West, our remaining exhaust systems plants will maintain production and are already performing at a high manufacturing level. These changes to our footprint will position Faurecia to expand our business with current and new customers."

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The Troy West plant was opened several years ago to manage increased demand for Faurecia’s exhaust systems and components, according to the company.

"Extensive gains in efficiency at the larger Troy East plant now make it possible to consolidate production for the two plants there," according to Faurecia’s news release.

Since 2004 Faurecia North America has invested nearly $60 million in its U.S. exhaust systems facilities. The Louisville, Ky., facility was named Faurecia’s best plant worldwide in 2007, and Troy East won the product group’s quality award that same year.

Faurecia is also a supplier of automotive seating, interiors, and front ends in the region. The Group has 27 manufacturing sites and four technical centers in North America and employs nearly 9,000 people.

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