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TI Automotive to remain open into 2015

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By Josh Shepherd, News writer

Contrary to recent rumors of its closure, TI Group Automotive  Systems is still in business on White Oak Pike, Larry Barnes, Plant Manager, reported Tuesday morning.

Rumors of the firm’s closure were spurred on by legal records reporting the transfer of a general warranty deed from TI Group Automotive Systems, LLC to Poindexter Farms for property on White Oak Pike.

According to Barnes, that transfer involved farm land the business owned.

“We are still operating in a limited capacity because we serve a small niche market in our manufacturing,” Barnes said. 

The company still maintains about 10 employees working one shift a day. And it likely will throughout the remainder of the year and into the next, Barnes said.

If it continues into the next year, Barnes believes that the Cynthiana plant will reach its 50th anniversary of operations.

Granted, he joked, the plant was a lot busier in 1972 when Barnes joined the company. His father worked at TI Automotive, too, making specialized tubes for automobiles.

The company made tubing which was used for fuel lines, brake lines and other specialized functions for automobiles.

TI Automotive continues to thrive on a global scale, serving the auto manufacturing industry worldwide with fluid carrying systems and tubes, fuel tanks and pumps, powertrains, HVAC fluid systems, and aftermarket replacement parts. They have over 130 locations in over 29 countries and Cynthiana remains one of them.

“In the 1980s, when we were at the height of our production, we were producing enough tubing everyday to stretch from Cynthiana to New Orleans,” Barnes proudly reports.

In August 2012, Barnes was asked to return as manager of the Cynthiana Plant. He thought it was to usher in its closure. But two years later, the plant continues to operate with personnel who are all approaching about 42 years of service with TI Automotive.

 “It’s not like how we were functioning back when we used to load tubing on the trains at Bridge Street. But we’re still working. My main goal is to get us through the year and into the next. We’re not through yet,” Barnes said.