Mercedes Trimming Jobs in Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mercedes-Benz will cut 200 jobs at its Vance plant by the end of the year, bringing the work force to about 2,800 people for 2010.

Felyicia Jerald, spokeswoman for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, says the operational change comes as the company tries to match production with expected market conditions.

The first reduction started in October 2008 when Mercedes offered its employees buyouts and early retirements. About 1,000 workers left during the next several months as a result of that reduction.

At its peak, Mercedes employed about 4,000 people in Vance. After the 2008 reduction, the company said it had about 3,000 workers in Vance.

Mercedes also told its employees Tuesday that it will continue its four-day work week through 2010.

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