Nissan releases statement after recent workforce cuts

Nissan releases statement after recent workforce cuts
Nissan's Canton, Miss., vehicle assembly plant, photographed, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Officials announced that the plant is going to build the next-generation Nissan Frontier. The plant currently manufactures six models of trucks and SUVs. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

CANTON, MS (WLBT) - Less than 400 contract employees were laid off at Nissan over the weekend, according to Lloryn Love-Carter, manager of corporate communications.

March 8 was the employees last day of work at the plant, but they will be paid through March 18.

All employees were reassigned to other parts of the plant, but some associates were released.

Nissan released the following statement following the lay-offs.

As previously announced, Nissan has adjusted the production capacity at its Canton manufacturing facility to match market demand and maintain healthy inventory levels. All Nissan employees have been reassigned to other areas of the plant, but some associates were released. The long-term outlook for the Canton plant remains strong, with production of the new Altima and planned investment for the next-generation Frontier.

It was announced in January that up to 700 workers would possibly be affected by workforce cuts at the plant.

According to a statement previously released by the Canton Production Adjustment, Nissan is adjusting production capacity at its Canton manufacturing facility to match market demand and maintain healthy inventory levels.

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The plant’s truck line will move from a three-shift to a two-shift operating pattern. The plant’s van line will move from a two-shift to a one-shift operating pattern. Shifts that are going to be eliminated are the shift that produces the NV van line and a shift that produces the Titan and Frontier trucks.

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