VANDALIA — The MAHLE plant in Vandalia, formerly Delphi, will be consolidated into the company’s operation on Webster St. in Dayton according to published reports on WDTN.
Vandalia’s Assistant City Manager Greg Shackelford confirmed the news on Friday morning.
MAHLE announced the purchase of the plant in Dayton and Vandalia early in 2015 as part of a purchase estimated to cost over $700 million.
“MAHLE is a world leader in providing automotive thermal systems. As we continue to evaluate our footprint we think this integration is a necessary step to leverage current and future business growth into one manufacturing site in Ohio,” stated Dr. Wilm Uhlenbecker, head of MAHLE’s Thermal Management business unit in North America. “Following the integration, it is expected that the MAHLE Dayton plant will employ over 1,300 employees making the site a profitable asset for MAHLE North American manufacturing and for the city of Dayton, Ohio.”
A press release from MAHLE said that “merging the two operations offers the company the best opportnity to take full advantage of manufacturing synergies at these two facilities.”
“Obviously we’re disappointed that we’ll be losing the people who’ve worked at the Vandalia operation for so many years,” said City Manager Jon Crusey in an emailed statment. “While we would have loved to have kept the operation here, we certainly understand MAHLE’s position. We’re very grateful for the long relationship Vandalia has had with Delphi and MAHLE, and we wish them nothing but the best moving forward.
While company officials have not yet decided what they’ll do with the existing Vandalia facility, we anticipate it will not stay empty for long. It has a lot of pluses… it’s a large site with interstate frontage and an interstate exit within a few hundred feet of its front door.”
The company said that employees in Vandalia will be integrated into the Dayton plant in several steps beginning this month and completely by December, 2016.
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