The Associated Spring factory in Saline close this year, according to a press release issued by Bristol, Conn.-based Barnes Group, Inc.
According to the release, the Saline facility, which employs about 50 workers, manufactures automotive engine valve springs.
“Based on changing market dynamics and increased customer demands for commodity pricing, several customers advised the company company of their intent to transition these specific springs to other suppliers, which led to the decision to close production operations in Saline,” the company announced in its release. “The closure is expected to be completed mid-year 2014.”
Associated Spring was founded in 1857.
Associated Spring built its facility at 1445 Barnes Court in 1988 after 58 years in Ann Arbor. The cost of the facility was $3.7 million. The project required $2.1 million in public infrastructure, including the construction of Industrial Drive, from Michigan Avenue to Woodland Drive, and water and sewer, according to the June 3, 1987 edition of The Saline Reporter. In the late 1980s, the facility employed close to 200 people.
For more on the closure, see this press release.