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NPG lays off another round of workers

New Process Gear, a transmission parts plant and division of Magna International located in DeWitt, began a temporary, one-week layoff on Monday that affects approximately 150 employees. The layoffs stem from current customers' production schedules, said Tracy Fuerst, director of Corporate Communications, Magna.

"When customer volumes go down, we have to adjust," Fuerst said. "We are really dependent on the customer."

Another 100 workers will be part of an indefinite layoff effective Sept. 22, in response to what the company described as "production volume shortfalls affecting the automotive industry."

While the plant now employs less than 2,000 people, Magna is still hopeful for a future: "We are absolutely working for a turnaround plan," Fuerst said.

Magna has threatened to close the plant if profits do not prevail, however.

Union leaders met with workers Sept. 12 to discuss details on a proposed amended labor agreement that would be subject to membership ratification. Details of the proposed amendment, however, will not be disclosed, the company said in a press release.

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