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Ala. Mercedes Plant Resumes 5-Day Work Week

Vance, AL – An increase in demand has led Mercedes-Benz to tell workers at its Vance plant they will return to a five-day work week on Nov. 30 and will continue on that schedule through February.

Mercedes says requests for additional vehicles in the fourth quarter warranted a temporary increase in production. The plant employs about 3,000 workers.

A drop in demand for the sport utility vehicles made in Vance caused the plant to shift to a four-day workweek for much of this year. Mercedes spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald says the plan calls for Mercedes to return to the four-day week in March.

The temporary increase also will not affect a previously announced plan to eliminate 200 jobs by the end of the year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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