EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — New Process Gear is laying off 216 central New York workers indefinitely beginning next week.
The company says a downturn in demand for full-sized trucks, a corresponding drop in demand from the plant's customers, and the overall economic conditions in North America contributed to the job cuts.
Workers at the Syracuse-area plant received the news Tuesday.
United Auto Workers union leaders met with workers for more than two hours Tuesday evening. The UAW is hopeful the layoffs are a temporary measure and that the federal government will provide a bailout for the Big Three automakers so that the 216 workers can get their jobs back.
New Process Gear currently employs 1,650. The plant in East Syracuse makes transfer cases.