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Tesla cuts lead to temporary closure, layoffs at Whitehall Industries

January 29, 2019

Whitehall Industries has laid off 128 Manpower employees and temporarily shut down its Madison Street plant following a decrease in production orders from one of its largest customers, Tesla.

The decreased orders are the result of a 7-percent workforce cut made by Tesla last week in an effort to put increased focus on its cheapest electric car — the Model 3 — and to scale back production on the more expensive Model S and Model X, according to a Jan. 18 report from the Associated Press.

Whitehall Industries President David Cooper said the company manufactures parts for all three Tesla models, and said Tesla accounts for a significant portion of Whitehall’s business.

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