Auto manufacturer to close El Paso warehouse, plans to lay off 155 employees

EL PASO — Lear Corporation, the Michigan-based automotive parts manufacturer, plans to close its El Paso distribution warehouse and lay off its 155 employees.

Lear has notified the Texas Workforce Commission it plans to complete the layoffs by October at the warehouse, 950 Loma Verde Dr. on the far East Side.

Mel Stephens, vice president and director of corporate communications at Lear’s Southfield, Mich., headquarters, said the layoffs were a result of lower production by automakers.

Lear has a much larger presence in Juárez, with several plants and about 4,000 workers who make seat covers and electronic components for new vehicles. Stephens said those operations are running at lower production levels but Lear doesn’t have any plans to reduce its maquiladora operations.

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