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Plymouth, Mich.-based Cequent Transportation Accessories Group plans to close down assembly, warehousing and distribution operations in Sheffield, Pa., by the end of November. The closing is expected to affect about 95 employees, according to a press release.
Cequent, an operational unit of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TriMas Corp., is transferring operations at Cequent Consumer Products in Sheffield to other locations that will include establishing an all-brand distribution center at a current facility in Taylor, Mich. The company said other operations will shift to outside suppliers and distribution centers in South Bend and Goshen, Ind.
The move is the most recent in a series of changes by Cequent in the past month, including the announced closing of an electrical products plant in Albion, Ind., and transfer of a plastics manufacturing process in its Cequent Towing Products business unit from Elkhart, Ind., to Goshen.
“Excess manufacturing capacity and very competitive market conditions led to the decision,” said Craig Manchen, president of Cequent Consumer Products. “I have always been impressed with the work quality and the accomplishments of the Sheffield team, and I am greatly appreciative of their contribution to Cequent.”
Cequent Transportation Accessories Group designs, manufactures and markets accessories for recreational vehicles, light trucks, sport utility vehicles, cars and trailers. Brand names include Draw-Tite, Reese, Fulton, Wesbar, Bull Dog, Hidden Hitch and Tekonsha.