J.L. French Automotive Castings Inc. of Sheboygan, WI, along with eight of its North American affiliates, reportedly has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE. The company, which employs about 1,800 people and has $741.6 million in total debt, cites declining sales of light trucks and SUVs by U.S. auto makers as reasons for the filing. The powertrain and engine component supplier also says terms of its restructuring, which is expected to ...

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