GM Lays Off 50 People from Brownstown Battery Plant

Nearly half of the employees at GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly plant in Michigan are being laid off, according to a report from Reuters.

According to the report, 37 hourly and 13 salaried employees are being laid off at the plant, which employed 77 hourly and 39 salaried employees as of July 16 of this year.

The cuts are in addition to the recently announced cuts coming to GM’s Lordstown, Oshawa, and Detroit-Hamtramck plants.

That last plant may provide the key to understand this latest round of layoffs since Brownstown builds batteries for the Volt and CT6 hybrid. With the idling of the Detroit-Hamtramck, we learned that the Volt would go out of production.

Brownstown was the recipient of $65 million in investments in 2014 and may have a future in the production of batteries for the LaCrosse Hybrid and for the Silverado and Sierra’s eAssist function.

GM maintains that these ongoing cuts are part of an attempt to modernize its lineup, but with more than 6,000 people facing layoffs (or voluntary buy-outs) union and government officials are furious.

[source: Detroit Free Press]

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