General Motors will lay off 50 workers from the Brownstown Battery facility, a complex that has long assembled lithium-ion batteries for the Chevrolet Volt.
Reuters reported Tuesday on the layoffs and said the cuts are in addition to the previously announced layoffs across GM’s white collar and production workforce. The facility currently employees 116 people, which means the layoffs represent nearly half of the employee count.
In total, 37 hourly jobs and 13 salaried positions will be cut from the facility. Brownstown has been a battery assembly home for the Volt for years. GM announced the Chevrolet Volt will exit production next year as the automaker realigns its vehicle portfolio to better suit American consumers.
The automaker will also end production of the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Cruze, Buick LaCrosse, and Cadillac CT6. Brownstown has also assembled batteries for the LaCrosse Hybrid.
The end of said vehicles will lead to up to 15,000 laid off employees across four production plants in North America. GM announced it will close the Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada. In the U.S., the Lordstown and Detroit-Hamtramck plants will be idled. Two transmission facilities will also be idled. GM will need to negotiate the plants’ closure with the United Auto Workers union next year.
The 50 employees affected likely have transfer options to take advantage of, though. GM said it still needs 2,700 workers at other plants across the U.S. that build in-demand vehicles—i.e., crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. So far, 1,100 employees have requested to transfer, but it may not be viable for other workers. In addition, plant closures could be detrimental to local economies in Ohio and Michigan.