Frankfort auto supplier to lay off 85

Automotive supplier GECOM plans to lay off 85 employees at its Frankfort factory.

"Due to current and projected business needs, GECOM has changed our product strategy, which resulted in the consolidation of our manufacturing sites," human resources manager Amy Bray said in a statement.

The layoffs will include the majority of employees at the factory at 1030 Hoover Boulevard, according to a filing that government officials require before large layoffs.

The layoffs will begin about July and end in late September.

The company, based in Greensburg, Ind., will retain "only a handful of employees" at the Frankfort plant "for the foreseeable future," Bray said.

GECOM produces door latches and handles and trunk locks, according to its website.

The move continues a tough time for the factory. In October 2009, GECOM announced plans to lay off as much as 40 percent of the site's work force, which at the time numbered more than 160.

That decision came just months after the company announced plans to shutter its Winchester factory, which employed 168 people.

GECOM no longer has any other operations in Kentucky besides the Frankfort factory.