Tillsonburg mayor reacts after TRW announces plant will close its doors, ship jobs to Mexico

A photo of the TRW Automotive plant, located in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Google Maps

TRW Automotive is shutting down its Tillsonburg plant at the end of 2018, with current business being moved to Mexico.

A company spokesperson confirmed to 980 CFPL Monday that current production in the Tillsonburg plant will be phased out around the end of November, while small crews will continue operations until the end of December.

“There’s a physical footprint that is now available in the community.” said Mayor Stephen Molnar.

“Ultimately the men and the women who [everyday] bring a quality product, skill sets, transferable skills and a solid rural work ethic, [will continue to make] Tillsonburg a wonderful place for industrial and commercial entities to invest,” he said.
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The auto parts plant currently employs 71 people.

According to the spokesperson, it will be completely closed by the end of 2018.

The focus for the town now is to lookout for any chance to boost the local economy, said Molnar.

“Any opportunity that we have to network provincially, federally and around the world to in essence satisfy local opportunities, that needs to remain our priority,” he said

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This is a second major blow to Tillsonburg in the past year.

Last July, Siemens, one of the town’s largest employers, announced the closure of its plant and the loss of 340 jobs.

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