(East Syracuse, N.Y.) AP - New Process Gear is laying off 216 central New York workers indefinitely beginning next week.
The company says a downturn in demand for full-sized trucks, a corresponding drop in demand from the plant's customers, and the overall economic conditions in North America contributed to the job cuts.
Workers at the Syracuse-area plant received the news Tuesday.
United Auto Workers union leaders met with workers for more than two hours Tuesday evening. The UAW is hopeful the layoffs are a temporary measure and that the federal government will provide a bailout for the Big Three automakers so that the 216 workers can get their jobs back.
New Process Gear currently employs 1,650. The plant in East Syracuse makes transfer cases.
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