Canton-based Yazaki lays off 723 workers as coronavirus crisis continues

Last week, Florida-based Greenspoon Marder let go of dozens of employees and several lawyers, and instituted staff payroll cuts firmwide in anticipation of revenue shortfalls.

Yazaki North America, Inc. announced it would be laying off 723 workers at three separate locations in Canton due to the coronavirus outbreak starting on April 13. 

Yazaki North America, an independent automotive component maker, laid off 622 employees from its company’s headquarters at 6801 Haggerty Road, as well as 101 employees from other offices along Haggerty Road in Canton. 

“The company is taking this action due to the sudden, unanticipated and unprecedented negative impact on our business arising out of the coronavirus outbreak, and the resulting government restrictions on operation of businesses, including ours and those of our customers,” Michael Dersken, the director and lead counsel for litigation for Yazaki North America, said in an email to employees on April 10. 

In a statement released to employees, Dersken said the company expects for the layoffs to be temporary, but could last longer than six months. He also stated some separations may become necessary and will be determined by the operational impacts of the pandemic, associated governmental restrictions and consumer demand. 

Dersken could not be reached for comment at the time of publication. 

Due to the pandemic, many companies have been forced to conduct layoffs and furloughs. If a company is planning to lay off more than 50 employees, it is required to inform the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity through the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which is made public. 

As of April 16, other companies in the area have announced layoffs. 

Maxwell’s International, which operates Benihana in Northville, is closing restaurants in Dearborn, Northville and Troy, affecting 189 people. 

Spire Hospitality, which owns the Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit in Livonia, has temporarily laid off employees, affecting 65 people. 

Eagle Industries, Inc., which molds high volume polyurethane foam products for the automotive and industrial industries, closed in Wixom, affecting 225 employees.