Hundreds to lose jobs with Bowling Green plant closing

Around 200 people will lose their jobs over the next 12 months as Cooper-Standard closes its Bowling Green manufacturing plant.

The Novi, Mich.-based automotive supplier says overcapacity in the North American auto industry has forced them to make plans to permanently close their hose manufacturing facility in Bowling Green. The company will relocate the business and equipment to existing Cooper-Standard hose facilities in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky and Atlacomulco, Mexico.

"The decision follows an extensive review of the company's current hose manufacturing capacity, as well as future market trends and forecasts for vehicle production rates in North America," writes Cooper-Standard in a statement on their website.

The Bowling Green facility employs about 200 workers and manufactures low-pressure rubber hoses for a number of automakers.

All current employees at the Wood County plant will be given assistance in accordance with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a statement Friday that the announcement to cut jobs is a reminder that Congress must act quickly to help workers directly affected by trade. The workers at Cooper Standard are talented, hard-working, and highly skilled men and women that have played no small part in the revitalization of the auto industry in Ohio and across America, and I pledge to do all that I can to help these workers and their families," said Sen. Brown. "ongress cannot pass trade agreements that hurt the American worker and then turn their backs on the workers and communities those agreements affect. If Congress doesn TMt act, Trade Adjustment Assistance will expire next week"so we must pass an extension of TAA as soon as possible.