American Axle plans Cheektowaga shut down

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM EDT

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November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM EDT

American Axle & Manufacturing has notified the state Department of Labor of plans to layoff workers at its operation in Cheektowaga, which will be permanently closed next year.

The Detroit auto parts maker filed a WARN notice with the labor department, stating that 83 workers - 75 hourly and eight salaried employees - will be let go as of Feb. 25, 2012.

American Axle had operated at the site since 2000 but the United Auto Workers could not come to terms on a new labor deal. The company then said it would shut down, ending its operations in the Buffalo area, where it once had three facilities.

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