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April 25, 2014

Layoffs announced at GMCH

Company employs about 600 hourly workers in Kokomo

Workers at General Motors Components Holdings Inc. were buzzing Thursday about a round of layoffs at the Kokomo plant.

Company officials confirmed a number of layoff notices were given to employees within the past week, but declined to comment on how many employees were let go.

Kent Eaton, personnel director at the Kokomo operation, said there are no further layoffs planned in the immediate future.

“Not at this time, but it always depends on future business conditions,” Eaton said.

GMCH employs about 600 hourly workers in Kokomo, making integrated circuits, airbag control modules and engine control modules for GM and other automakers.

Eaton said the layoffs were based on seniority and the local contract with the United Auto Workers union.

Union officials couldn’t be immediately reached for comment on Thursday. Reports on social media put the number of layoffs at 23, but company officials wouldn’t confirm that number.

Eaton said he believed it was the first round of layoffs since the company released temporary workers near the end of 2012. At that time, company officials said the number of layoffs was less than 50.

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