IL Auto Parts Plant Workers Get Layoff Letters

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- More than 800 employees of bankrupt auto parts maker Collins & Aikman are waiting to find out whether their jobs will survive the possible sale of the central Illinois plants where they work.

Collins & Aikman sent letters last Thursday to employees alerting them that the Southfield, Michigan-based company's three plants in Rantoul could close within 60 days.

Federal law requires companies to give workers two months notice of any pending layoff of 50 or more people.

Village Administrator David Johnston says the letters are intended to give flexibility to a potential buyer. Troy, Michigan-based Cadence Innovation has indicated it plans to buy nine Collins & Aikman plants, including the three in Rantoul.

Collins & Aikman spokesman David Youngman declined to discuss the potential sale.

The company previously announced it would be closing a plant in Belvidere displacing about 120 workers there. May 5th is scheduled to be the final day at that facility,

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