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Axle plant temporarily cuts output

American Axle and Manufacturing, trying to reduce a stockpile of parts amid the slump in the auto industry, is scaling back production at its Cheektowaga machining plant this week and next week.

"We are running some production, but it is limited to adjust our inventory levels," said Renee Rogers, an American Axle spokeswoman. Twenty-three hourly workers remain on the job at the Walden Avenue plant, she said.

Jim Lakeman, president of United Auto Workers Local 846, said about 36 hourly workers are on temporary layoff at the site.

Rogers said some of the laid-off workers are scheduled to return next week.

Detroit-based American Axle and other auto industry suppliers are feeling the effects of slow sales of new vehicles. During the past year, the size of the Cheektowaga plant's work force has also been reduced through buyouts and early retirement packages taken by workers under the UAW's contract with the company.

The Cheektowaga plant is on its way to becoming the company's only active operation in the Buffalo area.

American Axle's forge in the Town of Tonawanda continues to operate but the company revealed earlier this year that it will eventually close. The company has not disclosed a shutdown date for the Kenmore Avenue plant.

Lakeman said some sections of the forge have wound down operations, while in other areas things are "business as usual."

Earlier this year, American Axle formally closed its gear and axle plant on East Delavan Avenue. That facility, idle since late 2007, has since been sold to investors.

Delphi Corp. has some workers on temporary layoff at its Town of Lockport plant, but a spokeswoman could not provide an exact figure.

Ford Motor Co. is preparing for production cutbacks at its stamping plant in Hamburg during selected weeks from November until early February, according to the UAW. Workers there have been offered another round of buyout and early-retirement packages. Friday is the deadline for them to sign up.


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