COLUMBUS, Ind. (The Republic) - Cummins Inc. will lay off 194 Columbus MidRange Engine Plantworkers after Friday because Chrysler has completed its productionramp up for the 2010 Ram pickup truck, Cummins said.
After Friday, the plant, on Road 450S, will employ about 400,who will work in one shift.
Mark Land, executive director of corporate communications, saidthe company does not know the length of the layoffs.
In December, Cummins had said the two shifts would run at leastthrough January because the main customer, Chrysler, wanted to haveplenty of Cummins-powered 2010 Ram pickup trucks available.
CMEP is the exclusive supplier of the Ram Heavy Duty's 6.7-literdiesel engines.
Land said Chrysler now has a steady inventory to respond todemand and that engine orders therefore have fallen from theinitial buildup period.
In May, Chrysler's bankruptcy and its idling of plants hadresulted in Cummins halting production at CMEP and laying off720.
Production resumed with 400 employees in mid-July, but Cumminsidled the plant three weeks in August and September after finishingthe production of engines for the 2009 model year.
Cummins recalled another 270 workers to CMEP in October andadded a second shift to launch production on the 2010 engine.
Cummins and Chrysler about a month ago solidified their Rampartnership with a "multiyear extension" of the arrangement. Thecompanies declined to provide specifics.
Land said the laid-off employees would be eligible to transferto other Cummins plants if workers are needed there.
"It's too early to say how many or when that might happen," hesaid.
"We're really not through this recession yet."
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