Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc., a global supplier of automotive components in Northville, Mich., announced a manufacturing rationalization plan for its North American Wheel Group, which will significantly lower operating costs and increase facility utilization. As a result, Hayes Lemmerz will permanently close its Howell, Michigan manufacturing facility and transfer that plant's production to other manufacturing facilities in the U.S. The plant currently employs approximately 180 people, including hourly and salaried staff, who manufacture aluminum wheels for domestic automotive customers.