Lear to Open Automotive Seating Plant in Romania

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Southfield-based Lear Corp., a global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, will open a new seating plant in Iasi, Romania in January.

The new facility will employ approximately 1,500 people and will serve all major European automotive manufacturers, company officials said.

“With Lear’s continued growth, we are pleased to locate our new plant in Iasi, known as a major center for the textile industry,” said Gideon Jewel, Lear’s president for seating in Europe and Africa.

This is the company’s fourth facility in Romania — the other three plants focus on electrical distribution systems.

Lear has 113,000 employees located in 36 countries. Last month, the company released its financial report for the third quarter, which included $3.9 billion in sales, up from $3.5 billion in the third quarter of 2012.

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