Harvey Industries to lay off 90 in Wabash

A decline in automotive orders has prompted Harvey Industries LLC to lay off 90 of its 215 workers until it can recover more work through a diversification effort under way since last fall.

The company, which operates in the northern Indiana city of Warsaw but is headquartered in Westland, Mich., primarily supplies Detroit automakers with drive-train components, including manifolds, heads and water pumps.

An individual living in Westland, Gerome Harvey, acquired the company last year from Hayes-Lemmerz of Northville, Mich., after Hayes-Lemmerz discussed closing the Warsaw plant.

Vice President of Operations Mel Patton said Harvey Industries is diversifying into supplying Japanese automakers as well as companies that build trucks, all-terrain vehicles and other transportation equipment.

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