Update: BorgWarner is closing the Lansing plant by the end of 2024

Update (Jan 21, 2023): While a BorgWarner spokesperson quoted below initially stated that the merger and closing plan would be completed by the third quarter of 2023, another official, Michelle Collins, corrected that timeline after publication. She said they plan to end the shutdown by the fourth quarter of 2024, which would give the plant a year longer.

Original story (Jan 20, 2023):

ITHACA, NY – One of the largest job providers in Tompkins County is drastically reducing its workforce locally, Voice of Ithaca He made sure. Over the next two years, automaker BorgWarner will close one of its two plants on its Warren Road campus near the Lansing and Ithaca township borders.

The shut-off plant is used to produce valves. A technical center and another factory on site, for series production, will remain in operation, but a wide range of functions could be affected by the decision.

“The company has decided to merge the valvetrain production facility into another existing BorgWarner facility and to close the Valvetrain Research Technical Center on the Ithaca, New York, campus,” said Alexis Grimshaw, company public relations specialist. “BorgWarner plans to continue investing in manufacturing in New York and continues to invest in the United States to bring successful mobility innovations to market.”

Grimshaw said the consolidation and closure is “scheduled to be completed by [Q4 2024]. BorgWarner currently employs about 1,500 workers in Tompkins County, Florida Third largest job provider in the county Behind Cornell University and Ithaca College. The facility’s presence in Tompkins County grew out of the Morse Chain Company, which was incorporated in Trumansburg in the late 19th century. The company joined forces with BorgWarner in the 1920s, and its presence in the region has remained steady ever since.

Grimshaw said the company has already announced its intentions to make “market-driven adjustments to adapt its cost structure in order to remain competitive in the current environment, including restructuring, closing or consolidating manufacturing and/or technology centers in all major regions” and that This was the result of that strategy.

Tompkins County legislator Mike Siegler and Ithaca District Economic Development Executive Heather McDaniel lament the job closures and losses. The complete makeover includes part of the process moving to an existing facility in Mexico.

The final number of affected jobs is unknown, but McDaniel said it could be “up to a quarter of the employment base over the next couple of years,” though with retirements and normal turnover, the number is likely to be lower, according to McDaniel. . The total number could take two years or more to actually determine. Siegler said he was told 280 jobs could be lost.

“Unfortunately, companies have to make decisions that maintain their competitiveness on a national or global level,” McDaniel said. “The reality is that they haven’t been able to keep that part of the business competitive in it [New York State]. We can’t just throw money around to make it profitable, they had to make some decisions.”

Notifying employees of this decision began this week. Grimshaw said the company is “committed to ensuring the smoothest possible transition for any affected employee while continuing to support our customers and suppliers over the coming months.”

McDaniel said she coordinated with New York state and the federal government on incentive options to keep the shutdown plant open, but to no avail.

“It’s important to look on the bright side,” McDaniel said. “It’s a negative in that there will be jobs lost, but in the long run it makes a more competitive part of their business. We are delighted to have BorgWarner as one of our largest employers in Tompkins County and will continue to work with them to help them make their business profitable.” here “.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *