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ACH Operations Sold, Will Move Out of Plymouth Township

ACH operations will relocate to Romulus beginning in 2013.

Ford Motor Company and Automotive Components Holdings, LLC (ACH) announced Monday the sale of the last remaining ACH operation – the climate control business currently located at the ACH plant, 14425 Sheldon Road in Plymouth Township, according to a news release.

Ford and ACH have signed definitive agreements for the sale of the climate control business to Detroit Thermal Systems, LLC (DTS), a joint venture between Valeo and V. Johnson Enterprises, LLC. V. Johnson Enterprises is owned by Vincent (Vinnie) Johnson, a Detroit entrepreneur and former Detroit Pistons basketball star, according to the news release. 

ACH was started in October 2005 with 17 automotive components plants, the news release said. 

The initial closing of the sale has taken place, the news release said, and operations will move to a new DTS manufacturing facility in Romulus beginning in mid-2013 and concluding by the end of 2014. 

“Few companies take the longer-term, comprehensive approach we took with the restructuring of ACH,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas, in the news release. “From the start, our eye was on what was required to transform these operations into businesses that would attract the world’s best suppliers needed to move Ford’s business forward – and at the same time, preserve as many jobs as possible. We are proud of what we accomplished.” 

Mike October 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM
What does this mean for the facility? If the business is moving, can we assume to land and building will be up for sale? This would be the biggest Visions for Vacancies yet. For years I've pictured a mixed use area on that site, anchored by a minor league baseball stadium. Surrounding the stadium would be urban style retail/commercial with apartments above and townhomes. Easy highway access makes that site prime.
John McKay (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I was definitely considering this as a Visions for Vacancies. It will be sold. I would love a minor league baseball stadium.
ecnalubma November 01, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I have to wonder if the our dysfunctional government and lack of adequate fire protection here in Plymouth Township had any bearing on the decision to locate elsewhere?
Jake Wellborn November 01, 2012 at 11:40 AM
We lost ACH because the company has their main facility elswhere. The ACH facility in the township is obselete and not needed. The township has the lowest taxes in the county, it has NOTHING to do with the leadership in the township. Paul is ranting on his one track mind that everything bad that happens is due to township leaders. Things happen, thats all it is- a business deal. he is also totally incorrect that we will have higher insurance rates. many communities with PSO's or all volunteer have the highest rating. All scare tactics with no facts to back them up. The township will provide the highest level of service with the same or hybrid delivery model. Nothing has been decided, i have heard a few trustees are not on board with proposed PSO model anyway. I do agree that Reaume was an idiot to remove Rita's illegally placed election signs. Ron should do his own dirty work. I would suggest we vote out the supervisor and treasurer as to end their big pensions earlier than they planned. Based on the antics and rantings of Mr Schulz and his arrest, he is the one who could not get a job delivering pizzas. As for Rita White, an attorney is not qualified to be treasurer, we need a CPA or accountant.
Jake Wellborn November 01, 2012 at 12:17 PM
It was a business decision to consolidate at the better facility-end of story\ Happens all the time across America.
Jake Wellborn November 01, 2012 at 12:20 PM
We have the same level of service we had before the firefighters forced the city to leave. We still have 2 firestations, whereas our neighbor Northville Twp has only one. Plus the new station in downtown Plymouth adds to our mutual aid. nothing has changed. Stop trying to scare people with your firefighter fed mis-information.
Dave November 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I know a little about this, I used to work at the facility several years back, and continue to work in the Automotive Climate Control field. About 4 years ago Valeo bid for the facility, and wanted the Union to take a pay cut. The union refused and Valeo backed out (see http://www.datamonitor.com/store/News/ford_to_sell_climate_control_unit_to_valeo?productid=727FBE56-A601-435D-96EF-1DE8122FF800 .) There was no guarantee that Valeo wouldn't have moved the business even if the union OKd the deal, but that is the history. This has been a long time coming (>15 years), the plant was expensive to run, and on valuable land.
Jake Wellborn November 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I believe Kalamazoo has PSO's along with many ( I do not have a list in front of me) Trustee Bob held up a flyer showing a town with the highest rating that was all volunteer. We have full time firefighters right now, PSO / Hybrid is under investigation -- no changes have been made. If the firefighters had given real concessions and not driven the city out of the merger, we would have less of a mess. Bottom line, no community should burden their taxpayers with a fire department that makes 2-3 times the wages of the taxpayer, and gets to retire at 50 or younger with a pension equal to over 70% of their regular pay plus add social security. They can make the same or more than when they were working. Not to bring up the fact that most have ful time jobs the other 20 days of the month. These guys might be dedicated, but is it to the citizens or the MONEY AND BENEFITS. Wake up and smell the real issue, they are upset that the taxpayers are on to this money train, and they use fear and lies to try to keep up in line. It will not work anymore.
Jake Wellborn November 01, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Kalamazoo has 75,000 people, so if that a Po-dunk town, we must be nothing at 27,000. Edwards did not drive off the firefighters, they cut their own throats. Greedy. Mnay communities in metro Detroit larger than Plymouth Twp hve volunteer fire departments and have not lost their rating or level of service. How much are the firefighters paying you ? You are so focused on Edwards and his mythical super-powers , that you either need to date the man or get over his rejection. Is that why you have a drinknig problem ???
Ms. T November 01, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Jake to Paul Schulz: "How much are the firefighters paying you ? You are so focused on Edwards and his mythical super-powers , that you either need to date the man or get over his rejection. Is that why you have a drinking problem ???" HAHAHAHAHAHA that is about the funniest comment yet! And you might be on to something! Kudos to you Jake!

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