Cutbacks and changes in production at the nation’s auto companies is continuing to impact the industry’s suppliers, with one of the most recent hits coming at Dana Corp.
The Ohio-based company, which just emerged from bankruptcy late last year, has announced plans to lay off 260 employees at its plant in Elizabethtown and 103 positions at its Owensboro facility.
Dana’s Elizabethtown plant produces frames for Ford’s F-150 pick-up truck, while the Owensboro facility manufactures frames for the Toyota Tundra pick-up and Sequoia SUV. Both Ford and Toyota are decreasing production for their trucks and large SUVs in response to market demand for smaller, more fuel-efficient models.
The layoffs will leave the Elizabethtown plant with only one shift of 475 workers; Owensboro will have about 234.