GM to lay off 135 employees at its Defiance casting plant

August 30, 2013 at 10:46 am
GM to lay off 135 employees at its Defiance casting plant
Melissa Burden
The Detroit News
General Motors Co. said Friday it will lay off 135 hourly employees beginning at the end of September at its Defiance Casting Operations plant in Ohio, southwest of Toledo.

The Detroit-based automaker, in a statement, said the layoffs are necessary because of less demand for iron-casted engine components. GM said many of its newer engines have more aluminum content.

Layoffs will occur in phases through the end of the year, GM said.A number of those to be laid off are temporary workers, said GM spokesman Bill Grotz.

The plant opened in 1948 and produces cylinder blocks, cylinder heads and crankshafts. It employs about 1,309 employees, including 1,129 hourly workers who are represented by UAW Local 211.

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