LOS ANGELES - Mitsubishi Motors America Inc. is looking at more layoffs in the United States in early September as the company wrestles with plunging sales.
A company source says the company could lay off up to 30 percent of Mitsubishi's 1,000 corporate and regional employees. Included would be employees at company headquarters in Cypress, Calif., and the r&d center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and dealer field personnel.
Asked about the possible layoffs, Michael Tocci, senior vice president of sales, said: "We continue to review all costs and expenses as part of our turnaround efforts. All issues are on the table. Bottom line, providing strong support and services to our dealer body remains a top priority for us."
Joe Ricci, owner of Joe Ricci Mitsubishi in Dearborn, Mich., says he has not heard directly about any field cuts. But he said "a lot of shuffling is going on" in the field. "I got my first district manager back because they are cutting other jobs" in the field, he said.
Mitsubishi has announced it will cut 1,200 of the 3,100 jobs at its plant in Normal, Ill., and operate on one shift instead of two beginning in October. The factory produces the Galant, Eclipse and Endeavor.
Mitsubishi's sales fell 51.1 percent in July. They were down 30.1 percent this year through July.