Tenneco Canada To Lay Off 104

Lay offs part of a permanent staff reduction at an Ontario auto parts plant; company says move is a direct result of GM cuts announced last month.

OWEN SOUND, Ontario (AP) -- More than 100 workers at an Owen Sound, Ontario auto parts plant have learned they will lose their jobs because General Motors Corp. is reducing production of lightweight trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Tenneco Canada Inc. workers learned Monday the company will lay off 104 of its 524 workers in September as part of a permanent staff reduction at the plant. It says the move is a direct result of GM cuts announced last month.

The facility assembles shocks for a range of GM small pickups and SUVs. The vast majority of the layoffs are manufacturing jobs.

Six weeks ago, Detroit-based GM said it will close four truck and SUV plants and boost production of the smaller, more fuel-efficient cars that customers are demanding.

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