As we’ve seen during the last two months, no automaker is being spared the carnage of the credit freeze and economic turmoil of the current recession. Mitsubishi seems to be the latest automaker to suffer, as Reuters reports that the Japanese automaker will close its Normal, Illinois plant for seven weeks next year, between February 16 and April 3.
The plant (which builds the Galant, Eclipse and Eclipse Spyder, and the Endeavor SUV) employs more than 1,568 employees, 1,200 of which are hourly workers represented by the UAW. While the plant is down, the employees will be shifted to non-production work, including maintenance and training. Employees will remain on payroll.
According to Reuters, Mitsubishi’s sales have declined almost 25 percent through November compared to last year. Although sales of the Galant sedan are up by about 1 percent, Eclipse Spyder convertible figures have dropped by 34 percent.