On October 21, Julie Noyes, a spokesperson for the company, said 440 hourly and 37 salaried employees at the 2500 Highway 6 location will be laid off, leaving 160 hourly and 39 salaried employees.
The reduction comes after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it will phase out production of the Dodge Dart. Noyes said the Iowa City facility primarily produced door components and instrument panels for the Dart.
"We can't really predict the success of certain vehicles with our customers, and it's unfortunate that it had to move out and that we had to announce these reductions," she said.
The reduction was also necessary after Fiat Chrysler announced it is moving production of the Jeep Compass and Patriot away from the Belvidere, Illinois plant, Noyes said, where Iowa City had shipped those vehicles after completing component installations.
With the remaining workforce, Noyes said the Iowa City facility will continue to produce instrument panels for the Chevrolet Camaro, door panels for Ford Transit vans, instrument panel components for Hyundai and pickup truck flooring products for General Motors.
According to its website, International Automotive Components is headquartered in Luxembourg and has over 32,000 employees at about 100 locations across 22 countries.
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