DETROIT -- General Motors plans to lay off about 340 hourly workers at its Moraine, Ohio, assembly plant beginning in January.
GM announced plans to cut production at the plant in October, but it wasnt clear then how many employees would be affected, GM spokesman Dan Flores told Automotive News.
Over the last couple of months, weve been working with the union and notified the union yesterday that there would be some layoffs, Flores said, referring to the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers-Communication Workers of America.
The Moraine plant produces the Chevy TrailBlazer, the GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and the Saab 9-7X.
Sales of those vehicles have sagged. Through November, sales of the TrailBlazer are down 24.6 percent, Envoy sales have fallen 35.5 percent, Ascender sales are down 39.2 percent and 9-7X sales are 9.5 percent below last year.
The layoffs are scheduled to be completed by mid-March as the plant slows production from 58 vehicles an hour to 50 an hour, Flores said. The plant will maintain its two-shift schedule.
According to the 2006 Harbour Report productivity report for North American auto assembly plants, Moraine was the second most productive mid-size SUV plant in the industry.