A Volvo-Powertrain North America spokesman confirmed Monday that 27 workers at the company's Hagerstown plant were notified Friday of layoffs that became effective Monday.
Friday was the employees' last day of work, said Jim McNamara, spokesman for Volvo Trucks North America.
Another 21 employees were notified Friday that they will be laid off effective March 24. Thursday will be their last day of work, McNamara said.
The layoffs, which were based on seniority, were due to weakness in the market for heavy-duty trucks. The Hagerstown plant produces engines for such trucks, McNamara said.
The heavy-duty truck business is cyclical, and the current down market reflects the general economy, McNamara said.
As of Feb. 29, the Hagerstown plant employed 1,362 people. It operates in two assembly shifts, McNamara said.