Auto parts strike claims 250 more workers

Pilkington North America Inc. has temporarily laid off 250 workers at its Shelbyville plant as General Motors Corp. slows production due to a strike at another one of its suppliers, Detroit-based American Axle and Manufacturing Inc.

The Shelbyville glass-making plant, which employs 400, might shut down through April 1, according to the Shelbyville News. Pilkington is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.

It’s at least the second layoff in Shelbyville resulting from the strike at Detroit-based American Axle. Last week, 26 of 700 workers at Ryobi Die Casting Inc., which machines parts for GM, took voluntary layoffs.

A Shelbyville plant operated by Meridian Automotive Systems Inc. of Allen Park, Mich., also has been hurt by the strike, but company officials would not discuss the problem, the newspaper said.

Five GM plants in Indiana have halted production since the strike began Feb. 26: an assembly plant in Fort Wayne, stamping plants in Indianapolis and Marion, a casting plant in Bedford and an AM General plant in Mishawaka that makes the Hummer H2.

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