TORONTO (CP) -- A union official says the ongoing slump in the auto industry is forcing a southern Ontario company to lay off 430 workers.
The layoffs at DDM Plastics will take effect January 1, according to an official with the International Association of Machinists.
Bill Trbovich says 430 layoffs, out of 518 workers, were anticipated at DDM, a major employer in Tillsonburg, Ont.
He says the cuts were not expected to "be this bad" as new work was scheduled for the plant and the company had hired new employees to handle the demand.
However, Trbovich says the contract didn't materialize and DDM decided to lay off workers.
He says the plant manufactures parts and mouldings for the auto industry and its main customers are Ford, Toyota, Honda and Cami.