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Remy USA Industries to lay off remaining 112 workers

Remy USA Industries will close in May and

Remy USA Industries will close in May and lay off its remaining employees, according to a state regulatory notice. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Remy USA Industries, a Bay Shore automotive-parts manufacturer that has been winding down its operations since 2014, will close in May and lay off its remaining employees, according to a state regulatory notice.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing, which was posted on the state Labor Department’s website on Friday, states that a total of 112 employees in two Bay Shore locations will be laid off.

That notice follows one filed in August 2014, when the company said it would close in November of that year and lay off all of its 271 employees.

The planned shutdown was announced several months after USA Industries, as the company was formerly known, was acquired by Indiana-based Remy.

At the time, Remy said the decision to close was “just primarily a business and logistics decision.”

It also said that the workers would not be able to transfer to other Remy jobs. And it wasn’t clear where those jobs would go. Remy at the time had worldwide operations in countries that included Mexico, Brazil, China and Tunisia.

In the meantime, Remy itself was acquired in November by Michigan-based BorgWarner, also an auto-parts manufacturer.

BorgWarner last week filed the notice under the WARN Act covering the remaining Bay Shore employees. It lists the closing date as May 10.

“The site has been in the wind-down phase since the original notice went out,” a BorgWarner spokeswoman said Monday.

USA Industries gained fame in 2004, when then-President George W. Bush toured the facility during his re-election bid to highlight a healthy and racially diverse small manufacturing company in this area. USA Industries was chosen from about a dozen candidates.

The state WARN Act requires companies with at least 50 full-time employees to file a 90-day notice when they plan a major layoff or closing.


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