Nissan cuts output in Tenn., Miss. due to US slump

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Nissan is cutting production of its Altima models at assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi due to sluggish demand in the United States.

Employees at the plants in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., are taking days off without pay on three successive Fridays -- Oct. 17, 24 and 31. The workers have the option of getting paid by using vacation time.

The vehicles affected in Smyrna are the Altima sedan, coupe and hybrid. The cuts in Canton only affect the sedan version.

Nissan says it expects to remain competitive in the challenging environment that exists in the U.S. economy and in the auto industry.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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