GKN Sinter Metals announces closure of St. Thomas plant
December 6, 2020
GKN Sinter Metals, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, will close its auto parts plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, in around eighteen months as it consolidates production at other plants.
According to CTV News’s London Reporter, a regional news outlet based near St. Thomas, the plant closure affects 150–160 employees. Referencing his discussions with the company, St. Thomas Mayor Joe Preston stated that the closure was due to a decline in demand for the company’s products.
Powder Metallurgy parts produced by the St. Thomas plant include smaller products, oil pump components, suspension parts, gears, sprockets and agricultural parts.
Speaking to The London Free Press, Sean Dyke, Director of Economic Development for St. Thomas, stated that he was confident employees affected by the closure would find other jobs, as many industries are hiring in the automotive sector. “Our focus has to shift now to do whatever we can to help the employees. We will work with our community partners,” he stated.
GKN Sinter Metals recently donated $25,000 to United Way Elgin Middlesex, a non-government funder of social services based in St. Thomas and London, Ontario.