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Nissan Suppliers Cut Jobs In Mississippi

Seat maker Johnson Controls laid off 142 workers and metal parts assembly company PK U.S.A. cut about 45 employees.

CANTON, Miss. (AP) -- At least 185 automotive supplier workers lost their jobs last week.

Seat maker Johnson Controls laid off 142 workers from its plant in Madison, and metal parts assembly company PK U.S.A. cut about 45 employees at its Canton facility on Friday.

Both companies supply Nissan North America's plant in Canton where truck, minivan and sport utility vehicle production is down this year.

Already in a poor year for new-car sales, U.S. demand continues to fall for all brands of trucks and SUVs as gas prices rise.

Visteon Corporation said two weeks ago that it will close its 150-employee plant in Durant in a year. Workers at the Holmes County facility make heating, ventilation and air conditioning parts as well as interior pieces for Nissan.

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