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.