Stellantis NV, the leading automotive manufacturer, is to layoff hundreds of workers at its Belvidere assembly factory in northern Illinois.
It is reported that the workforce cutbacks are to make the factory run in a more sustainable fashion.
A Stellantis spokesman told local news station WREX that the company was “making additional staffing reductions to operate the plant in a more sustainable manner.”
The reductions will be implemented through a combination of early retirement packages and compulsory layoffs.
The company aims to slash the Belvidere workforce to 199 skilled and 603 non-skilled.
There have already been thousands of lay-offs during the last three years, with massive cuts in the last 13 months alone.
The facility now employs 1,812 hourly workers on a single shift.
Stellantis was intending to issue WARN layoff notifications to 579 employees from March 28, which raises the question of whether more reductions are planned later this year to meet the company’s goal.
Even workers with decades of experience at the factory, dating back to 1994, would be affected.
The previous job cuts at Belvidere by Fiat Chrysler and later Stellantis have a catastrophic impact.
It forced employees and their families to choose between uprooting and relocating hundreds of miles away, living apart forever, or taking lower-paying positions in the locality.