Grayline Auto Parts, a California-based manufacturer of auto parts for the United States military, said Thursday it will close its Fairfax, Virginia, factory, the largest in the United Kingdom.
Grayline said the company will focus on its existing U.K. operations, which employ more than 4,500 people, and on expanding its U.S. operations.
The Fairfax factory, which employs more than 1,400 people, was founded in 1958.
Its products include military parts and accessories.
The company said it would announce the closing of its Fairfax operations by mid-June.
The closure of the Fairfax plant is part of Grayline’s strategy to “reduce costs, increase productivity, and maintain competitiveness,” the company said in a statement.
It said Grayline would maintain its global presence through its joint venture with GE, which has a joint venture agreement with Lacy to produce parts for U.W. military use.GE, which owns the UK’s General Motors, has been making military parts for decades.
It has also sold parts to the military.GE said in July it will begin buying U.N. military vehicles at a cost of $9.4 billion.