CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio—HFI Inc., which supplies upholstered PU components for automotive interiors, is planning to permanently lay off 99 people from its headquarters facilities in Canal Winchester due to "changes in the business."
In a filing with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development, HFI said the positions will be cut beginning Aug. 3. However, employees may be placed on paid leave of absence before that date or until their positions are eliminated.
Nine of the 99 position set to be eliminated are salaried. The remaining 90 are hourly employees. None of the employees have union representation and bumping rights do not exist, HFI said in its WARN filing.
In total, HFI employs 190 people at the Canal Winchester facility.
In addition to its Canal Winchester location, HFI maintains U.S. operations in Allen Park, Mich.; Arab, Ala.; Obetz, Ohio; and Eagle Pass, Texas. In Mexico, it has operations in Monclova, Ciudad Obregon, San Luis Potosi, Romita and Matehuala.
HFI claims to have made 25 million headrests for U.S. passenger cars in the past five years, using foam-in-place technology. The company also makes seats, interior door panels, armrests and other interior components using polyurethane.