UPDATE: Navistar lays off 80 more workers in Mississippi

WEST POINT — Navistar, a manufacturer of blast-resistant military vehicles, has laid off 80 workers at its West Point plant.

The company laid off 275 workers in July.

Clay County Supervisor Don Horton tells the Columbus Commercial Dispatch the employees were told about losing their last Friday, and the layoffs were effectively immediately.

Navistar now has about 120 people working at the facility, which produces mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicles.

Navistar spokeswoman Elissa Koc says a lower production volume prompted the cutbacks.

Navistar also produces the vehicles for the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, headquartered in Warren, Mich. Koc says production of those vehicles continues.

Navistar began operations in West Point in 2006.

The Associated Press

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