HAGERSTOWN - Volvo Powertrain North America will lay off 142 workers at its Washington County plant effective Jan. 5, spokeswoman Ilse Ghysens said Friday.
The layoffs are a result of the economic slowdown and will coincide with cutbacks in engine and transmission production, Ghysens said.
"It's of course very unfortunate to make this decision but that's what we have to do right now with the current market conditions," she said.
The plant will cut transmission production by a third and engine production by 25 percent, Ghysens said.
The Hagerstown plant employs about 1,260 workers building heavy engines, gearboxes and driveshafts for Volvo brands. The company makes Volvo, Renault, Mack and Nissan Diesel vehicles.