VANCE, Ala. (AP) -- Mercedes-Benz plans to reduce operations on one of its assembly lines at its Alabama plant next year in response to a slowdown in the auto industry.
But Mercedes spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald said Thursday no layoffs will result from the change. Jerald also said the plant will extend its typical one-week summer shutdown to four weeks next year.
In January, Mercedes will move to one shift on Assembly Line 1 and in Paint Shop 1. Both areas now operate two shifts. Jerald said the plant's Assembly Line 2, Paint Shop 2 and body shop will continue operating with two shifts.
The $1 billion plant now employs about 4,000 people.
Jerald said the January changes will be completed without layoffs because some employees have signed up for a buyout program.