Iowa City auto parts plant lays off hundreds of workers

AP Photo - In this undated photo provided by Dodge Brand Media, the 2013 Dodge Dart is shown.
AP Photo - In this undated photo provided by Dodge Brand Media, the 2013 Dodge Dart is shown.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A company that produces auto parts in Iowa City will lay off more than 400 workers by the end of the year.

International Automotive Components will reduce its hourly workforce from 600 workers to 160 and cut its salaried employees from 76 to 39.

Company spokesman David Ladd told KCRG-TV on Thursday the job cuts were necessary because Fiat Chrysler was phasing out the Dodge Dart. The company has made various parts, including instrument panels and door components, for the Dart.

Fiat Chrysler also is moving the production of the Jeep Compass and Patriot out of Illinois, beyond the shipping radius for the Iowa City plant. The company made dashboard and instrument panels for those vehicles.

The company will continue making parts for General Motors, Ford, Chevrolet and Hyundai.

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