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Nissan to cut up to 700 contract staff at US plant

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. is set to cut up to 700 contracted staff at a U.S. production facility in response to declining van and truck sales, Reuters reported Jan. 17, citing a spokesman for the Japanese carmaker.

The targeted assembly plant in Canton, Miss., manufactures vans as well as Frontier and Titan pickup trucks. Nissan said van production shifts there would be reduced from two to one, while those for the Frontier and Titan would drop to two shifts from three.

Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman told Reuters that direct-hire employees affected by the shift changes will be reassigned elsewhere in the facility, but some associate personnel will end up unassigned.

The move comes nearly a month after Nissan announced plans to lay off about 1,000 workers at two assembly plants in Mexico due to market challenges.

The carmaker's spokesman also noted that the latest planned layoffs have no connection to the arrest and subsequent removal of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn.