Fiat Chrysler to lay off 1,300 workers

DETROIT (AP) – Fiat Chrysler says it will lay off about 1,300 workers at an assembly plant north of Detroit this summer for an indefinite time due to slow sales of midsize cars made at the factory.

The layoffs will begin in July at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, which makes the slow-selling Chrysler 200. Sales of the cars were down 61 percent for the first three months of the year. The company sold only 7,500 last month, less than half of what it sold a year ago.

Fiat Chrysler says the plant’s second shift will return to work Monday and be on the job through July 5. After that, workers will be laid off indefinitely. They have been on temporary layoff since Feb. 1.

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