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Auto glass-maker idles 64 in Auburn

Guardian: Layoffs result of larger production cuts in automotive industry.

Monday, October 26, 2009 - 10:51 am

Auburn automotive glass-maker Guardian has laid off 64 workers, a company spokesperson confirmed.

Guardian spokesperson Amy Hennes said the layoffs, announced last week, were a result of production cuts throughout the automotive industry, which has a direct impact on the demand of automotive glass.

The cuts were effective Friday, Hennes said. The plant employs 238 workers.

“The reality is the domestic OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) continue to cut back production, and we've maintained as long as we can,” Hennes said in a release. “This has put us into the position of reducing our workforce.”

Hennes added in the release that Guardian had made efforts to diversify its product mix, but in order to continue to match production demands, layoffs were a must.

Guardian has been running two shifts, and the cuts will come from several positions within those shifts, Hennes said. The plant will continue to run two shifts - first and third.

Hennes said Guardian officials have not yet determined if jobs are available within other Guardian plants.