Diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. said approximately 400 workers at its Jamestown, New York, heavy-duty engine plant will be temporarily cut in January.
While the plant has run near max capacity in recent months, with daily production of about 500 engines, much of the activity has been due to advance ordering of engines to beat the next year’s emissions standards. The manufacturer anticipates a first quarter drop-off to about 100 engines per day when the Environmental Protection Agency regulations go active at the first of the year.
The Jamestown Engine plant supplies jobs to about 1,300 people, approximately 1,100 of which are in production roles. The company said the reduced numbers might be reached through voluntary layoffs that allow workers to keep health care benefits, said a spokesman.