NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nissan is cutting work schedules at two U.S. assembly plants from five eight-hour days to four nine-hour days.
An e-mail from the company's North America headquarters said the four-day work week will go into effect at its truck and car systems in Smyrna, Tenn. starting April 7.
Its Canton, Miss. plant's truck system, which also makes the Quest minivan, went to the four-day schedule Monday.
The change is intended to balance inventory levels. Nissan's U.S. sales dropped 2.9 percent in February compared to a year ago.
The four-day schedules at Smyrna and Canton are planned for the next few months and will be re-evaluated as market conditions change.
Additionally, Nissan is stopping production at the plant in Smyrna on March 28 and March 31.