General Motors will downsize the workforce at its Rochester Operations plant in New York this year more than 200 jobs as it looks to outsource some of the production work performed at the facility.
According to The Detroit Free Press, GM is planning to lay off around 215 employees at the Rochester Operations facility by August. The plant currently employs around 770 workers.
The Rochester Operations plant produces fuel system components for GM vehicles. GM is outsourcing some of this production work to supplier BorgWarner, the Free Press reports, which will produce the parts at one of its plants in Mexico.
The future of the New York fuel components plant is in doubt as GM shifts to producing more electric vehicles. A United Auto Workers union member said more layoffs are expected at the Rochester facility about a year and a half after the initial layoffs this August, when a separate contract to build fuel system components for GM will run out.
The UAW allegedly bid on the work that GM outsourced to BorgWarner, but did not win the job. It’s possible that jobs could be saved at the plant if it were awarded more work from GM, but with the automaker looking to outsource more components production, this may be unlikely.
GM spokesman Dan Flores told the Free Press this week that the Rochester team “will continue to focus on building world class quality fuel system components and will continue to aggressively compete for new opportunities to earn business for the plant.”
In addition to fuel system components, the 1.7 million square-foot Rochester plant also builds other componentry for internal combustion engines like oil pans, air intake manifolds and manifold covers.
GM says EVs will account for 40 percent of its U.S. product portfolio by 2025. These will include small to medium-sized crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks like the GMC Hummer EV and electric Chevy Silverado.