Mitsubishi Motors North America said Wednesday night that it will cut 1,200 workers from its payroll this year at its only U.S. auto plant in Normal, Ill.
The reductions represent a 40 percent cut from the plants current workforce of 3,125.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is undergoing a worldwide restructuring that includes reductions in plant capacity and changes in its global sales strategies.
The Normal plant builds the Galant sedan, Eclipse sports coupe, Eclipse Spyder convertible, and the Endeavor SUV. The plant also produces the Chrysler Sebring coupe and Dodge Stratus, but DaimlerChrysler AG has said that Mitsubishi no longer will produce those models.
The company said on Wednesday that it will discontinue Normals second work shift in October, operating the plant as a one-shift assembly operation.
Finbarr ONeill, chairman and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, said the changes will enable the company to rebuild natural retail demand for our vehicles. Mitsubishis U.S. sales were down 26.7 percent for the first six months of this year.