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Volvo announces production shutdowns

Workers at Volvo Trucks North America in Dublin will have three week-long breaks in January, February and March, but not at their request.
Volvo AB, the Swedish parent company headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., announced Thursday afternoon that the plant will shut down production during the weeks of Jan. 5, Feb. 16 and March 9 due to slow sales.
The announcement comes after 1,000 workers were laid off at the plant in May.
Jim McNamara, a company spokesman, told Associated Press the shutdowns are an effort to avoid further layoffs. He could not be reached by The Southwest Times for further comment.
In addition to the shutdowns, the company also announced layoffs at its Hagerstown, Md. plant.
Volvo AB announced it is laying off some U.S. workers, furloughing others and throttling back on engine and transmission production due to slow sales.
The company will cut transmission production by a third and engine production by 25 percent at its powertrain plant in Hagerstown, effective Jan. 5, plant spokeswoman Ilse Ghysens said.
She said there would be layoffs in Hagerstown, but the number hasn’t been determined. ‘‘That is exactly what is being discussed with the United Auto Workers,’’ Ghysens said.
UAW officials didn’t immediately return telephone calls Thursday from The Associated Press.
The Hagerstown plant employs about 1,260 workers building heavy engines, gearboxes and driveshafts for Volvo brands. The company makes Volvo, Renault, Mack and Nissan Diesel vehicles.
The production cutback was first reported by The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail.
Ghysens said no production shutdowns are planned in Hagerstown besides the traditional, two-week halt at year end and another traditional, two-week halt in the summer.
A day earlier, Volvo announced plans to lay off 180 employees at its Mack Trucks factory near Allentown, Penn., and to extend its annual end-of-year shutdown for an extra week at that site because of slow orders.
The cuts announced this week follow layoffs of more than 1,000 powertrain workers, including 65 in Hagerstown, in November.

The other November job cuts were in the Swedish cities of Skovde, Goteborg and Koping.
Earlier in the year, Volvo announced layoffs of 2,000 workers at truck plants in Belgium and Sweden and 1,350 workers at its construction equipment unit.
Volvo is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, with North American headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

Volvo announces production shutdowns

Workers at Volvo Trucks North America in Dublin will have three week-long breaks in January, February and March, but not at their request.
Volvo AB, the Swedish parent company headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., announced Thursday afternoon that the plant will shut down production during the weeks of Jan. 5, Feb. 16 and March 9 due to slow sales.
The announcement comes after 1,000 workers were laid off at the plant in May.
Jim McNamara, a company spokesman, told Associated Press the shutdowns are an effort to avoid further layoffs. He could not be reached by The Southwest Times for further comment.
In addition to the shutdowns, the company also announced layoffs at its Hagerstown, Md. plant.
Volvo AB announced it is laying off some U.S. workers, furloughing others and throttling back on engine and transmission production due to slow sales.
The company will cut transmission production by a third and engine production by 25 percent at its powertrain plant in Hagerstown, effective Jan. 5, plant spokeswoman Ilse Ghysens said.
She said there would be layoffs in Hagerstown, but the number hasn’t been determined. ‘‘That is exactly what is being discussed with the United Auto Workers,’’ Ghysens said.
UAW officials didn’t immediately return telephone calls Thursday from The Associated Press.
The Hagerstown plant employs about 1,260 workers building heavy engines, gearboxes and driveshafts for Volvo brands. The company makes Volvo, Renault, Mack and Nissan Diesel vehicles.
The production cutback was first reported by The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail.
Ghysens said no production shutdowns are planned in Hagerstown besides the traditional, two-week halt at year end and another traditional, two-week halt in the summer.
A day earlier, Volvo announced plans to lay off 180 employees at its Mack Trucks factory near Allentown, Penn., and to extend its annual end-of-year shutdown for an extra week at that site because of slow orders.
The cuts announced this week follow layoffs of more than 1,000 powertrain workers, including 65 in Hagerstown, in November.

The other November job cuts were in the Swedish cities of Skovde, Goteborg and Koping.
Earlier in the year, Volvo announced layoffs of 2,000 workers at truck plants in Belgium and Sweden and 1,350 workers at its construction equipment unit.
Volvo is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, with North American headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.