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Contractor to lay off 25 as auto parts plant takes over operation


A large Dayton auto parts plant will take over a materials handling operation before the end of March at its facility– a move that will mean the layoff of about 25 contract employees, a site manager for the contract company said Monday.

Employees working for the affected business, Southshore, will have an opportunity to apply for openings at the MAHLE Behr Webster Street plant, said John Phillips, site manager for Southshore.

Southshore has handled warehousing logistics at the site for about three and one-half years, Phillips said. The company also has a contract to work in the old REX electronics building in Harrison Twp., he said.

“But this group, we don’t have any place else to go,” Phillips said.

MAHLE Behr will take over the operation by 10 p.m. March 28, he said.

A message seeking comment was left with a MAHLE Behr spokeswoman. In May 2013, Stuttgart-based MAHLE GmbH took a majority ownership stake in the Behr Group, which took over the former Chrysler plant in 2002. The plant had been a Chrysler operation since the 1930s.

The plant makes front and rear heating, ventilation and air-conditioning modules for vehicles, as well as other engine cooling and thermal products.

The plant had about 960 active employees in the fall of 2013.

Phillips said his employees were working closely with the Dayton/Montgomery County Job Center.


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