International Truck to lay off hundreds

May 20, 2008
International Truck and Engine Corp. plans to temporarily lay off hundreds of workers next week at its east-side engine plant, citing slumping demand for Ford trucks.

"It's all driven by Ford demand, or lack thereof," said Roy Wiley, spokesman for the Warrenville, Ill.-based engine maker. "High diesel fuel prices, the housing market - you name it."

Officials of United Auto Workers Local 98 could not be reached for comment.

Laid-off workers will return the week of June 23, prior to a regularly scheduled three-week summer shutdown to begin June 30.

An unspecified number of workers in a machining shop and the company's nearby casting plant would not be affected.

International supplies diesel engines to Ford Motor Co.'s Louisville truck assembly plant, which is closing for a month due to slowing demand.

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