General Motors cutting 50 jobs at U.S. battery plant

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General Motors stated on Tuesday it prepares to slash 50 jobs at a suburban Detroit lithium-ion battery assembly plant after the automaker announced previous month it will end production of its plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt in next year.

In a filing with the state of Michigan, GM revealed it will remove 37 hourly jobs and 13 salaried jobs in February at its Brownstown Battery plant. The automaker states on its website the plant has 116 workers.

The plant also assembles lithium-ion batteries for other automobiles that GM is finishing production consisting of a hybrid electric Buick LaCrosse.

The job cuts at the Brownstown plant are in addition to cuts GM declared last month. The Detroit automaker stated it would stop production at five plants in North America, including four in the United States, and cut up to 15,000 jobs. GM is stopping production of six cars which includes the Volt, LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac CT6 and Cadillac XTS.

GM stated last week it will provide jobs at other assembly plants to 2,800 active hourly employees who work at the plants ending production in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland.

In a separate notice posted on Tuesday, GM stated it will lay off almost 700 people in February at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant that is set to stop production next year. The plant will stop production of the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Volt by March 1 and two other vehicles by June.

GM is slashing 15 percent of its 54,000 North American salaried workforce and prepares to lay off thousands of white-collar employees in January after some workers accepted to incentives to depart voluntarily.

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