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JCI Hints at Sale of Auto Interiors Operations; May Have Bearing in Holland

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WHTC) - Concerns for some of 34 hundred workers at Johnson Control’s plants in the Holland area have been expressed by local business leaders after the Milwaukee-based auto supplier announced plans for possibly selling its Automotive Interiors operations.

JCI made the one-paragraph announcement in the middle of its quarterly earnings statement yesterday, saying that while this business generated 4.2 billion dollars in revenues during fiscal 2013, it was 13 million dollars less than the previous year. The “intention to explore strategic options to enhance the position and financial capacity” is part of JCI’s “previously stated intention” to build its multi-industry portfolio.

Johnson Controls has been in the Holland area for 17 years after buying the Prince Corporation’s operations for about a billion dollars. JCI earned a record 11 billion dollars in the just-completed quarter, and told investors that it expects revenues to increase approximately 30 percent for the first three months of fiscal 2013.

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