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Saginaw's TRW plant to begin shutting down Friday

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Production at TRW's Saginaw plant ends for many employees Friday.

The company announced in mid-December that it was shuttering the automotive parts plant.

According to a source, third-shift employees will report for work Thursday at 11 p.m. for their last shift before losing their jobs. Some employees will remain until June to assist in the tearing down of machines to ship out or scrap.

The layoffs are expected to impact about 600 blue- and white-collar workers at the plant at 2328 E. Genesee Ave. in Saginaw.

"Everybody's sad. Made a lot of good friendships in there, so it's really sad in there right now," said Charneka McClaine, who's worked at the plant for eight years.

That plant makes brake systems for a myriad of General Motors vehicles, including the Chevy Camaro and Buick Lacrosse.

A TRW news release from December stated that "assistance and support will be provided in helping prepare them for future employment at that time, subject to discussions with the hourly workers' union."

While the reasons for the layoffs have not been disclosed, TRW did terminate a $700 million brake component contract with General Motors in September 2013.

"We all just nailed it, our heads are up high, we have nothing to be ashamed of," said TRW employee Scott Boyer.

TRW also makes electronics, steering and braking systems for the automotive industry. It operates in more than 185 locations around the world with more than 65,000 employees. Last year, the company had more than $16 billion in sales supplying 40 vehicle manufactures.

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