Gulf States Toyota plans to cut 83 jobs at its vehicle processing center in Houston, according to a newspaper report and a notice the company sent to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Layoffs at the independent distributor will start Nov. 18, according to the company's filing, which was required under the U.S. Worker Adjustment and Training Notification Act (WARN). In the paperwork, the company said it expects the layoffs to be permanent.
The Houston Chronicle newspaper earlier reported that 83 people would lose their jobs.
The center provides parts and delivers vehicles to more than 150 dealers in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
"While the entire plant is not being closed, several positions are being eliminated based on a change in business objectives and accessory product offerings for 2014," the WARN letter states.
The letter says that because Gulf States is a nonunion employer, workers do not have bumping rights. If higher-ranked employees are eliminated, they will not have the right to take the jobs of lower-seniority workers.
More than 250,000 vehicles pass through the processing center a year, accounting for 12 percent of Toyota sales in the United States.
Based on 2012 revenue, Gulf States was Houston's biggest privately held company, generating $6.9 billion in revenue and employing 2,000 people.
Gulf States Toyota did not return calls and e-mails from Automotive News seeking comment.
Editor's note: The Houston Chronicle reported the Gulf States WARN Act filing last month. An earlier version of this story misstated when the original story was published.