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Mercedes To Trim Operations At Alabama Plant

Luxury automaker 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.

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.

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