A Michigan-based manufacturer has detailed plans to shut down its northeast Indiana operations. In a notice to the state, Vibracoustic USA Inc. says it will close the doors to its facility in Ligonier, a move that will affect nearly 85 employees.
Vibracoustic manufactures torsional vibration dampeners for the automotive industry at the Noble County plant, according to its website.
“In order to continue our success in an increasingly competitive market environment, we have to continuously review our footprint competitiveness and strategy,” David Plaettner, senior manager of corporate communications for Vibracoustic, said in an email to Inside INdiana Business. “As a result, and accelerated by the recent market recession, we had to make the difficult decision to align our production capacity in North America and close the Ligonier site.”
As a result of the closure, the company says all employees at the site will be laid off. However, the affected employees will be eligible to transfer to new roles at other Vibracoustic locations. Plaettner says those unable to find opportunities at other locations will receive severance benefits.
The layoffs are scheduled to begin in January and continue in phases through the end of June.