Cullman, Opelika auto suppliers announce layoffs

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Two companies that manufacture automobile parts in Alabama are laying off workers because of the economic troubles facing the automobile industry.

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller says Korea-based Mando Corp. is temporarily laying off 200 of its 400 employees at its Opelika plant.

Fuller says the company supplies parts to a General Motors plant, which is shutting down for four weeks.

In Cullman, Topre America has announced it is laying off 29 of its about 350 employees because of the slumping automobile industry.

The general manager of human resources for Topre, Carl English, says the company's sales dropped significantly in November.

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