GM’s DMAX engine plant announces layoffs image

General Motors announced it has laid off several employees from the personnel department of its DMAX plant in Moraine, Ohio, in order to reduce work force spending.

The plant is a joint venture between GM and Isuzu Motors and builds engines for pickup trucks and vans. “We did reduce the size of our on-site personnel department, to better align our staffing to meet the needs of our business,” GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter was quoted as saying by the Dayton Daily News. According to Carpenter, the reduction had affected salaried staff but not the hourly production workers. However, she declined to communicate the exact number of job cuts.

The people who lost their jobs are eligible for severance pay, the spokeswoman added. The DMAX plant manufactures Duramax diesel engines that equip the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, as well as the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express vans. According to the Dayton Daily News, in September 2011 the DMAX plant had about 425 hourly workers and 90 salaried employees.