Dublin Volvo plant to cut about 500 jobs in February

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DUBLIN (WSLS 10) - About 500 people will lose their jobs when the Dublin Volvo plant eliminates its second shift, effective February 13, 2017, according to Volvo Group North America Senior Vice President of Communications John Mies.

He said that the total North American truck market will be down by about 60,000 trucks this year and Volvo expects it to drop by another 10 percent next year.

In response to that downturn, Mies said it's been tough on the long-haul truck market and Volvo needs to adjust production to demand.

To adjust, Volvo will eliminate its second shift, effective February 13, 2017, which will mean layoffs for about 500 people, according to Mies.

Mies said in a statement that  "outplacement support meetings led by the company and UAW representatives will be provided for all affected employees and that affected employees will also be provided with information regarding the Virginia Employment Commission and the regional Rapid Response team."