Monday, October 8, 2007

Cummins to lay off 100 temporary workers

Even historically strong Hoosier companies are suffering in the state's current lackluster economy:

Cummins 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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