Toyota Cutting 370 Temporary Jobs At Indiana Plant

Jobs will be eliminated by end of 2007 due to declining demand for SUV's made at Gibson County plant, according to Toyota spokesperson.

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) - About 370 temporary workers will lose their jobs with Toyota by the end of the year, due in part to declining demand for the sport utility vehicle made at the automaker's Gibson County plant, company officials said.

Kelly Dillon, a spokeswoman for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, said employees were notified of the job cuts this week. Toyota's 4,700 regular workers are not affected.

The 370 workers are employed by Greenwood, Ind.-based Personnel Management, which provides Toyota with a temporary work force that can be increased or reduced according to workplace demands.

''Since this is a cyclical industry, it will go up and it will go down,'' Dillon said.

Dillon said Toyota officials were working with Personnel Management to find other employment for the affected workers. Some were expected to go to a Subaru plant in Lafayette that is partially owned by Toyota.

She said workers had been used to support operations at a new plant in San Antonio and to prepare the Indiana plant to make the new model Tundra pickup truck it began producing this year.

Declining demand for the Sequoia, also produced at the plant, was another factor, she said.

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