Mitsubishi Reopens Venezuela Plant Following Strike

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp. says it's reopened the Venezuelan car assembly plant it shuttered last month due to labor disputes.

A spokesman for the company tells The Associated Press the plant in eastern Anzoategui state is producing at 60 percent capacity, but tensions with some employees remain.

The plant closed Aug. 24 amid a protest by workers who said they were owed time off. Mitsubishi's workers have staged several strikes over the past year. The plant employs about 1,400 people.

The spokesman says the company has experienced significant financial losses and will only produce about 6,000 vehicles this year -- down from 10,944 last year.

He declined to be named Monday because he wasn't authorized to speak on the matter.

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