Covercraft Industries, a maker of automotive protection products based in Oklahoma, has informed the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment that it plans to close its manufacturing plant in Aurora and eliminate 49 positions starting in April.
The plant in Aurora, 13450 E. Smith Road, belongs to a Covercraft subsidiary called GT Covers, which makes precision seat covers and other protective equipment for vehicles. GT Covers got its start in 1982 in Aurora. Owner Gary Walsh agreed to sell the company to Covercraft in September 2017.
“The first group of 44 employees will be separated from employment on April 14, 2023, or not later than 14 days thereafter unless the employees elect to terminate their employment sooner or are otherwise separate from the company,” Teresa Crispin with GT Covers informed the state in what is known as a Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act (WARN) letter.
Covercraft’s decision marks the fourth big layoff announcement among manufacturers active in the state this year. Gymshark USA, a maker of fitness clothing, said in early January it would close its U.S. headquarters in downtown Denver and eliminate 67 positions.
Curaleaf said at the end of last month that it would close its cannabis grow operations in Pueblo, eliminate 47 positions and leave the state. Pinnacle Architectural Lighting said it would eliminate 151 jobs in Denver tied to the manufacturing and distribution of higher-end lighting products.
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