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Toyota could downsize temporary U.S. workers

Toyota Motor Corp could cut temporary U.S. manufacturing jobs if the downturn in the U.S. auto industry deepened, the automaker’s U.S. manufacturing chief said on Monday.
/ Source: Reuters

Toyota Motor Corp could cut temporary U.S. manufacturing jobs if the downturn in the U.S. auto industry deepened, the automaker’s U.S. manufacturing chief said on Monday.

Toyota, battling a collapse in demand for large trucks and SUVs amid high gasoline prices, sees a possibility of temporary job reductions depending on a “fluctuation in the market,” Steve St. Angelo, senior vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing in North America, told Reuters on the sidelines of an industry forum in Traverse City.

Temporary workers account for 10 percent of Toyota’s 30,000 member U.S. manufacturing work force.

St. Angelo also said that Toyota is evaluating the idea of exporting U.S.-made vehicles abroad, adding that the automaker sees potentially good demand for its Tundra pickup truck and Sequoia SUV overseas.