One of the area's biggest and best known employers is leaving some without work just before the holiday season.
AM General spokesman Jeff Adams confirmed to NewsCenter 16 that some salaried workers were laid off Friday across all of the company's business locations.
The company is headquartered in South Bend and runs a military assembly plant in Mishawaka.
Adams said a reduction in their workforce "while regrettable [is] necessary due to fiscal constraints as [they] restructure the business to remain competitive in a period of declining defense spending."
The company didn't specify exactly how many people have been affected by the cuts, but one source tells us roughly 30 percent of salaried employees received pink slips.
Yet, others very familiar with the situation say that percentage is "grossly overstated."
This news comes as hundreds of AM General factory workers returned to work just this week, after they were temporarily laid off nearly two months ago.
The company halted production at its military assembly plant in Mishawaka for the first two weeks of October while it finalized a large international order, but the shutdown was extended several times.
Adams said the company is working with the individuals affected to support them during this difficult period.