Delaware’s two auto plants endured while aging factories in New Jersey were shuttered earlier this decade. But after the auto industry’s head-on collision with the global financial crisis and recession last year, you knew that the First State wouldn’t walk away unscathed.
For them, there’s no driving down I-95 and applying for work at the Chrysler factory in Newark, Del. That plant closed in December, throwing 1,100 people out of work. In fact, there’s no safe place to move to chase auto industry jobs right now.
Last week, Visteon Corp. , a major parts supplier to Ford Motor Co., filed for Chapter 11. Visteon, which has roots in the Philco radio company that started in Philadelphia, still employs 280 at its factory in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, that makes electronics for all sorts of vehicles. It has survived for now.