There are unconfirmed reports that Ford Motor Co. has entered agreements to sell two of its parts plants, including its interiors plant in Saline, Mich. Ford has supposedly sold the Automotive Components Holdings LLC plant in Saline to French auto supplier Faurecia SA. Ford spokeswoman Della DiPietro said that there is another deal developing for ACH's lighting plant in Sandusky, Ohio, that had been signed in recent months.
The details of this proposal have not been made public too. She said that there is a memo that presents the framework for a future sale but she explains that there’s no assurance that this deal will be confirmed.
Ford and Johnson Controls Inc. had previously been in talks for Saline but it ended in 2008 and no sale was finalized. ACH, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ford, runs four plants.
This is a marked drop from the 17 plants that it used to operate in 2005 when Ford first created the group to take over the facilities that Visteon Corp. sold back to Ford in 2005. Ford is in the process of finding buyers for its climate control plant in Plymouth, Mich.
DiPietro said that a hydraulic steering operation in Indianapolis is scheduled to close in 2012. Earlier this year, ACH completed the sale of its Milan, Mich., fuel tank plant to Paris-based Inergy Automotive Systems.
Presently, Inergy is leasing the plant while it is working to start an all-new operation located in the Detroit suburb of Huron Township, Mich. In this region, the Saline facility is known as one of the biggest interiors parts factories.
It has about 2,300 workers and covers over 1 million square feet of manufacturing space. It produces door panels, instrument panels, center consoles and other interior trim for several of Ford's major vehicles such as the Focus and Taurus.