Delphi Electronics & Safety Division Announces Aggressive Plans to Improve Competitiveness
Company to Consolidate Floorspace at Kokomo Complex
KOKOMO, Ind. -- Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) today announced plans to consolidate its engineering and manufacturing facility at its Delphi Electronics & Safety Kokomo campus as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to improve business competitiveness in response to market changes. The facility consolidation will help eliminate the cost of excess floor space in Kokomo and strengthen the site’s long-standing engineering and manufacturing excellence.
During the consolidation scheduled to begin in August, Delphi will make renovations and upgrades in the facilities where employees will be relocated. The moves are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Delphi’s Kokomo facilities will continue to build numerous products including integrated circuits, engine controllers, safety electronics, sensors and power electronics for hybrid vehicles at the Kokomo manufacturing facilities. In addition, the location will continue to serve as the major global engineering and administration facility for the division.
“Kokomo operations are very important to Delphi Electronics & Safety,” said Timothy Richards, vice president of Delphi Electronics Group. “We have a very strong technical capability here in Kokomo that serves our locations around the globe and Kokomo continues to be a very important part of our future plans. The consolidation efforts announced today are focused on making these engineering capabilities more competitive by reducing the costs associated with underused facilities.”
Employees currently working in Delphi Electronics & Safety Plants 9 and 10 and the Information Technology Center, located just east of U.S. 31 between Boulevard and Lincoln Road, will be relocated to Delphi facilities on the same complex farther east including Plants 6, 7 and 8, the Engineering Resource Center, FAB III and the Corporate Technology Center. Delphi will also move employees from a leased training facility located on Lincoln Road to the east complex. The consolidation will result in the clearing of approximately 614,000 square feet of floorspace.
Delphi currently employs approximately 4,000 salaried and hourly employees in Kokomo. Employees were notified of the changes by a letter that was distributed earlier today.
Delphi has been implementing efforts to adjust its global manufacturing and engineering footprint to further strengthen the company’s ability to compete in a global and highly competitive marketplace. The company expects to realize substantial cost savings in maintenance and utilities by consolidating the operations.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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