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Volvo to layoff 650 in Dublin

The impact of the nation’s economic downturn is once again being felt locally as Volvo Trucks North America has announced another round of layoffs at its Dublin plant.
According to Volvo spokesman Jim McNamara, another 650 hourly employees at the Cougar Trail plant will be laid off in March and April. He said the layoffs are considered to be permanent.
This latest cut in workforce will leave the plant with about 950 employees, McNamara said.
According to a letter sent to Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey Monday, the layoffs will be spread out over a period from March 27 to April 10. The letter was from Denise Hughes, director of human resources at the New River Valley Plant.
McNamara said the layoffs are the result of the company “reducing our production capacity … in alignment with declining demand.”

In December, the company announced three week-long production shutdowns would be scheduled at the plant in an effort to avoid further layoffs. The shutdowns were set for Jan. 5, Feb. 16 and March 9.
In May, 1,000 employees were laid off at the Dublin plant. At first those layoffs were announced as temporary, but they became permanent in the fall.
At the end of 2006, Volvo had just over 3,000 employees at its Dublin facility.

Volvo to layoff 650 in Dublin

The impact of the nation’s economic downturn is once again being felt locally as Volvo Trucks North America has announced another round of layoffs at its Dublin plant.
According to Volvo spokesman Jim McNamara, another 650 hourly employees at the Cougar Trail plant will be laid off in March and April. He said the layoffs are considered to be permanent.
This latest cut in workforce will leave the plant with about 950 employees, McNamara said.
According to a letter sent to Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey Monday, the layoffs will be spread out over a period from March 27 to April 10. The letter was from Denise Hughes, director of human resources at the New River Valley Plant.
McNamara said the layoffs are the result of the company “reducing our production capacity … in alignment with declining demand.”

In December, the company announced three week-long production shutdowns would be scheduled at the plant in an effort to avoid further layoffs. The shutdowns were set for Jan. 5, Feb. 16 and March 9.
In May, 1,000 employees were laid off at the Dublin plant. At first those layoffs were announced as temporary, but they became permanent in the fall.
At the end of 2006, Volvo had just over 3,000 employees at its Dublin facility.