Along with a host of other layoffs announced Monday, HUMMER H2 maker AM General announced it was temporarily laying off 200 workers from its civilian line. According to an AM General spokesperson Craig Mac Nab, plant production will be shut down until at least March.
Workers leaving Monday afternoon were largely mum except for one who told local CBS affiliate WSBT, “”Nobody’s safe in this day and age.”
AM General in the past has been able to shift some workers from its civilian operations to its military plant, and that may be an option now for some workers.
“What we are doing at considerable difficulty and expense to the company is moving all eligible employees from the H2 workforce into other parts of the company — finding them jobs,” said Mac Nab. “That will start to happen at the beginning of March. Some of the older employees have already been moved.”
AM General nor HUMMER would speculate on when the H2 production would ramp back up, and Mac Nab added, “Nobody knows what’s going to happen with the H2 plant.”
The loss of jobs can be largely attributed to GM’s announcement Monday to cut 2000 jobs and slow production at nine plants across the country.
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