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Motor Coach Plant Cutting 40 Workers

Company’s bus plant in Pembina, N.D., has notified 40 workers they will be laid off July 18 due to an adjustment in the number of buses produced there.

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Motor Coach Industries says the company's bus plant in Pembina has notified 40 workers they will be laid off July 18.

Spokesman Patricia Plodzeen says the layoffs, which will leave Pembina's largest employer with a work force of 208, are due to an adjustment in the number of buses produced there.

The plant's work force has fluctuated from a high of some 800 to fewer than 100 in early 2004. Plodzeen says the business is cyclical.

Motor Coach Industries Ltd. is based in Schaumburg, Ill.

MCI's main bus plant is in Winnipeg. The Pembina assembly plant is 60 miles away, in northeastern North Dakota, to satisfy conditions of the federal Buy America Act, which requires buses involved in federal contracts be produced in the United States.

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