TriMas Corp., parent company of Cequent Performance Products, has reached a preliminary recommendation to shut down its Goshen, Ind., plant, according to TriMas spokesperson Alan Upchurch.
“This is just a preliminary recommendation,” Upchurch said. “The final decision will be made sometime in mid- to late November.”
According to a report in the Goshen News, Upchurch said the Cequent facility in Goshen employs about 450 people. While some of those may be able to transfer to another plant, he was not sure how many or when.
“Every year, the company evaluates growth plans,” Upchurch said. “In the evaluation, they saw the need to make changes to make the business more competitive, which is why there is the preliminary recommendation.”
Employees of Cequent were informed of this recommendation last week, according to Upchurch.
Cequent is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of accessories for light trucks, sport utility vehicles, recreational vehicles, passenger cars and trailers of all types. Products include cargo management and rack systems, towing and hitch systems and trailer and electrical brake systems. Brands include Bulldog, ROLA, Highland, The Pro’s Brand, Draw-Tite, Reese, Hidden Hitch, Fulton, Wesbar and Tekonsha.
According to TriMas’ website, the parent company had net sales of $1.084 billion in 2011, with 35% of those sales coming from Cequent North America, which includes the Goshen plant. The 2011 net sales were the highest figures for TriMas since 2008, according to the website.