Auto parts supplier closing plant in Lowell-WEB ONLY

Rieter Automotive North America Inc. plans to close its manufacturing plant in Lowell by the end of the year, leaving 130 employees jobless.

The Farmington Hills, Mich.-based company informed the Indiana Department of Workforce Development on July 23 of its intentions to close the factory in Lake County in northwest Indiana.

Rieter Automotive, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Rieter Group, manufactures components, modules and systems for acoustic comfort and thermal management.

Parts suppliers have taken a beating this year due to dismal sales by automakers.

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