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Posted on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

Auto parts supplier Faurecia begins work at recently acquired plant in Saline

By Ben Freed

Automotive parts supplier >Faurecia began operations today at its Saline plant acquired from Automotive Components Holding (AHC).

The plant manufactures cockpits and other electronic elements for 12 Ford models including the F-150, Mustang, Expedition and Focus.

Faurecia announced its plan to buy the plant May 3, and will celebrate the official dedication of the building on July 17.


Courtesy of Faurecia

The large multi-national company also announced that it will be opening a Faurecia Interior Systems customer center in Southfield that will employ more than 200 people including more than 50 professional jobs later in 2012. Many former AHC employees could be transferred to the Southfield location.

"The Southfield Customer Center will allow us to bring the former ACH personnel associated with Saline's operations together with those from Faurecia to work as a closely knit team in support of this transformation and future growth," Faurecia Interior Systems North America President Jean-Michel Renaudie said in a release posted on "We are pleased to be able to retain the skills and knowledge of the ACH personnel who are joining Faurecia, to bring more jobs to the region and to re-assert Faurecia's commitment to southeast Michigan.”

In the release, Faurecia also announced its plans to reconfigure and upgrade the Saline plant over the next few years.

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Sun, Jul 1, 2012 : 4:25 p.m.

As a employee at this plant the new co.Faurecia is not the best to work for.They lied to us and the union saying anyone hired before June 1st would get a $2500.00 singing bonus.The day they paid out the bonus checks.That`s when they told us o`h we are not going to pay it out to you people.There was a big misunderstanding we.We never even got a we are sorry or anything from them.In fact they have never even said a word about it to anyone.The only way we found out is a union rep. told a few of us. They cut all shift premium`s by $1.00 per hr that hurts a lot.Anyone making over $15.50 per hr will have to give back a dollar per hr.Yes it`s a job but no one like`s to get lied to by the co. you work for.


Sun, Jun 3, 2012 : 12:08 a.m.

If the unions make less, the economy suffers,more money in the the Fords hands does not improve the economy,What they might buy another million dollar home.


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 1:20 a.m.

Good job bringing jobs to the area.


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 11:31 p.m.

What jobs are they bringing to the area? The original report of this purchase talked about relocation of the business.


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 10:57 p.m.

Where did Ford move the production that was done at this plant. To China. They have already announced that they want to open more plants in China so it is not as if the production was not needed, they would just rather do it in China.


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 5 p.m.

The U.S. is competitive in manufacturing costs if you eliminate defined benefits after retirement. The weak dollar and productivity make the U.S. the best place to make products intended for the U.S., as the logistics costs are much smaller and reliability is better. We just can't screw that up again with militant unions.


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

it's my understanding, (from my friend's husband who is a Ford employee at this plant), these employees will need to transfer to other plants. He is a Ford journeyman order to keep his job, he has to go back to being production (slap in the face) or find an opening at another plant. He may very well have to transplant his family to keep his job.


Sat, Jun 2, 2012 : 12:36 a.m.

Ford did not move any work out of the plant. Faurecia is taking over the production. With JIT, (Just in time) it is not practical to nor feasible to import dash panels from China.