ArvinMeritor to close Cleveland parts distribution facility

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ArvinMeritor has announced its decision, through a letter of intent, to close its commercial vehicle aftermarket distribution facility in suburban Cleveland to streamline its North American parts distribution system.

The company says the closure of the facility, which joined the ArvinMeritor family when the company acquired Euclid Industries in 1998, will not affect the Euclid parts brand.

The closure of the 200,000-square-foot Mayfield Village facility is anticipated to be completed by June 2006. All 79 of the facility’s employees will be offered positions in the company’s main parts distribution warehouse in Florence, Ky.

“To remain the number one commercial truck-trailer parts supplier, we had to make this tough consolidation decision,” said Joe Mejaly, vice president and general manager of the company’s Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket business. “Our first focus is our work force at the Cleveland warehouse, who will be offered the opportunity to stay with the company, and second is to support and bolster our strong Euclid parts brand. Euclid is and will remain a mainstay of our aftermarket offerings, as we proudly serve thousands of loyal distributors.”

Mejaly emphasized that the facility’s closure will not impact the delivery of parts to its customers. “Neither our customers nor our entire dedicated work force will accept one ounce of degradation in our customers’ order fulfillment,” he added.

During the next 10 months, the company will begin transferring warehouse and operations processes to maintain customer support. The company also operates aftermarket facilities in Florence and Plainfield, Ind.; along with Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Europe.

ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) business group posted more than $3.2 billion in sales during fiscal year 2004, and employs more than 8,500 people at 65 facilities in 19 countries. CVS supplies technologically advanced axle-braking and suspension systems solutions as original equipment for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses, coaches and specialty vehicles worldwide.

ArvinMeritor is an $8 billion global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and related aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs about 31,000 people at more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries.

For more information, go to www.arvinmeritor.com.