Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Cummins to lay off 100 temporary workers

Even historically strong Hoosier companies are suffering in the state's current lackluster economyCummins Inc. is laying off about 100 temporary workers from a Bartholomew County plant for at least for the rest of October.

The Columbus-based engine maker says the layoffs from the plant near Walesboro were needed because Chrysler has decided to temporarily halt production of Dodge Rams. The 6.7-liter Dodge Ram diesel engine is produced exclusively at Cummins Midrange Engine Plant.

Cummins spokeswoman Janet Williams says the layoffs will begin Monday and be re-evaluated at the end of the month. Williams says Chrysler has told Cummins that it will halt production in three of the next four weeks because of a general weakening in the market.

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