Posted by Nick Dutton - email
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - New Mather Metals, 5270 N. Detroit Ave., is closing.
On Friday, August 7, 55 workers were informed that the plant will close in March. An additional 80 workers, who were indefinitely laid off, are also permanently out of a job.
The company produces front and rear end suspension bars . It started as Mather Spring Co. in 1911 and was purchased by the Japanese firm NHK Spring Co. in 1987. The facility makes front and rear end stabilizer bars.
In a statement released Friday, the company says due to weak demands for the U.S. auto industry, it's necessary to close the Toledo plant as part of a restructuring plan.
Ron Sanders says the plant made stabilizer bars for Henry Ford.
Local 12's Bruce Baumhower, he says he's not throwing in the towel just yet.
"We really want to meet with them to see if there is anything we can do to change their mind. We can talk about the labor agreement, if that's an issue. We've never heard that's an issue for them. We have a competitive agreement," says Baumhower.
Lucas County leaders are gearing up to help those who are about to lose their job.
"Right now we're loading up the training programs...there are all kinds of new opportunities for classroom retraining, for short term skills certificate training," says Pete Gerken.
Worker Dave Dupuis says folks are disappointed and scared about what happens next and their an uncertain future.