Benteler Automotive closing facility in Opelika, 121 lost jobs e - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Benteler Automotive closing facility in Opelika, 121 lost jobs expected

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • More Details: Three teenagers charged in shooting of Columbus teen

    More Details: Three teenagers charged in shooting of Columbus teen

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:01:01 GMT
    More details have emerged in the case of three teenagers charged with crimes in the shooting death of 16-year-old Christopher Jones.  Police say Jones, 14-year-old Jaquan Harris and 15-year-old JamalMore >>
    More details have emerged in the case of three teenagers charged with crimes in the shooting death of 16-year-old Christopher Jones.  Police say Jones, 14-year-old Jaquan Harris and 15-year-old JamalMore >>
  • More details: Double homicide suspect turns himself in

    More details: Double homicide suspect turns himself in

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:52:44 GMT
    Attorney William Kendrick said his client Brandon Conner, 35, has expressed his feelings about the awful incident that's happened to his son and girlfriend. It's a horrible crime he's now accused of commMore >>
    Attorney William Kendrick said his client Brandon Conner, 35, has expressed his feelings about the awful incident that's happened to his son and girlfriend. It's a horrible crime he's now accused of committing.More >>
  • Suspect leads police on chase in stolen car

    Suspect leads police on chase in stolen car

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:43:07 GMT
    Police in east Alabama are searching for a suspect caught on camera stealing a car on August 8. The suspect also led police on a chase that started at the Circle K gas station on 2nd Avenue in Opelika.More >>
    Police in east Alabama are searching for a suspect caught on camera stealing a car on August 8. The suspect also led police on a chase that started at the Circle K gas station on 2nd Avenue in Opelika. More >>
OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -

Benteler Automotive is announcing plans to close its' manufacturing operations located at 4401 North Park Dr., Opelika, Alabama. Current plans are for the facility to continue in operation another 5-6 months as manufacturing operations are transferred to other operations in South Carolina and Mexico.

121 employees are expected to lose their jobs.

Earlier this year, Benteler Automotive (based in Paderborn, Germany) announced that it was strategically repositioning all of its global manufacturing operations. Initial analysis indicated that as many as four to five manufacturing operations would likely be closed globally. After extensive evaluation, Benteler's Opelika facility was identified as one of the plants to be closed in NA. Recently, Benteler also announced plans to close another of its NA operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Executive Vice President for Benteler NAO, Otto Buschsieweke, stated:

"We have been studying our manufacturing footprint in NA intensively for several months to support our global strategy and to streamline our manufacturing footprint. The decisions we are making now are critical to maintaining and strengthening our ability to support Benteler's NA customers long-term. This decision clearly has an unsettling impact on our associates at Opelika - we are very sensitive to that and are committed to providing a solid plan of support for our people in the weeks ahead."

Benteler Automotive currently employs 22,000, has 20 development and sales offices around the world, and 74 plants in 29 countries. It develops and produces complete system modules and product components for the automotive industry, producing critical components for vehicle bodies, chassis, and engines. Its products contribute strongly to the safety and efficiency of vehicles while also reducing their weight/environmental footprint. One recent innovation that Benteler is offering its' customers is the light-weight integrated manifold design in production today for modern automotive engines.

Benteler Automotive, headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, belongs to the internationally operating Benteler Group – a global holding group comprised of Benteler Automotive, Benteler Steel/Tube, and Benteler Distribution. The Benteler Group employs 30,000 at 170 locations in 28 countries. The company is privately held and has been in operation for over 135 years.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.