Plastech Pulls the Rip Cord: Sell to Johnson Controls!

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
plastech pulls the rip cord sell to johnson controls

It's been a while since we reported on Plastech's bankruptcy. But things are starting to get interesting once again. The Chrysler interior supplier and its creditors recently agreed on three options for bringing the troubled (as in that's MY tooling) partsmaker out of bankruptcy. Plan A: sell the whole kit and caboodle to one of its biggest customers, Johnson Controls (JCI). Plan B: liquidation. Plan C: restructure and emerge as an independent company (never gonna happen). Meanwhile, Plastech's bankruptcy judge is set to rule on an $87m short-term finance plan (bankrolled by JCI and the Detroit automakers) to keep the lights on. Even though Plastech lawyers say the firm "won't make it past today" without the cash, there are (as ever) issues. For one thing, it doesn't cover up to $10m in administrative costs. For another, the UAW (them again!) says the plan doesn't include "funding for severance payments and other labor expenses related to the closing of any plants." Which reminds us that Plastech is, in fact, closing its Shreveport, LA plant and "one or two others." Bad juju.

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  • Jthorner Jthorner on May 01, 2008

    The company is going bust and the Union is saying hey, what about me? Wow.

  • Robert Farago Robert Farago on May 01, 2008
    jthorner: The company is going bust and the Union is saying hey, what about me? Wow. Correction: GONE bust. And you're surprised by this? All of Detroit's listening to WII-FM: What's In It For Me. Maybe all of humanity.
  • Menno Menno on May 02, 2008

    Wow, Robert, you're getting to be almost as cynical as I am... But then again, someone once told me that "if you aren't a cynic by age 25, you haven't been paying attention" and so that makes me doubly cynical, I guess.

  • GS650G GS650G on May 02, 2008

    The pumps are not going to keep up with the water on this one. Once other companies see this, should they emerge with any skin left, then bankruptcy is going to look pretty freakin' good for a change. It would all be solved if people just bought Chrysler's ugly cars.