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Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, which manufactures speakers and amplifiers for the auto industry, has laid off 90 employees as the company works to offset decreased demand for its products. The layoff represents about 20 percent of the plant’s workforce.

Topy America
has laid off 45 hourly workers at its factory in Franklin County, where it produces steel wheels for the automotive industry. The cuts represent about 16 percent of the plant’s 273-member workforce. A news release issued by the company stated that the layoffs were the result of “current economic conditions and the slowing of sales within the automotive industry.” Company officials added that they hope to recall the laid off workers within the next six months. The Franklin County plant lost 250 jobs in 2007, when Topy decided to end its unprofitable aluminum wheel operations.