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IOWA CITY - Two new product lines at the International Automotive Components plant in Iowa City have allowed the company to bring back laid-off workers.
David Ladd, IAC executive director of marketing and communications, said the plant employs more than 700 associates.
"We're back to where we were in 2008 before the bottom fell out of the automotive market," Ladd said Friday. "We've been able to recall employees who were on layoff and actually have hired some new employees."
Employment at the Iowa City plant fell to about 485 as the auto industry cut back on production.
Ladd said IAC was awarded contracts to produce the dashboards for the Chevrolet Camaro and Buick LaCrosse after the original suppliers closed down.
"The additional products have filled a lot of the capacity at our Iowa City plant," Ladd said. "While we're pleased to be able to recall many of our employees, we're still looking at an industry recovery that could take four or five years before we're back to 2007 numbers."