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Rivian confirms 50 non-manufacturing layoffs at its Normal plant

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Eric Stock
Rivian is confirming that about 50 non-manufacturing jobs at its Normal plant will be cut as part of a 6% reduction in the electric automaker's workforce.

About 50 employees at the Rivian electric vehicle plant in Normal are among the more than 800 workers the automaker has laid off as part of a restructuring, a Rivian spokesperson confirmed.

The California-based EV company recently indicated it would trim its workforce 6% by eliminating some non-manufacturing jobs.

A Rivian spokesperson confirmed just over 50 non-manufacturing jobs in Normal will be affected by the restructuring.

"This week, Rivian realigned our workforce to key business priorities, including ramping vehicle production and manufacturing. While members of our manufacturing operations team in Bloomington-Normal were not impacted, just over 50 non-manufacturing positions at our facility were affected by the reorganization,” said Rivian plant communications coordinator Maura Freeman.

The Normal plant has about 6,000 employees. A vast majority of those jobs have been added since 2020 as the company started producing its first electric trucks, SUVs and Amazon delivery vans.

Freeman added Rivian remains on track to hire another 1,500 employees this year and start a second shift for production in Normal.

Rivian is still seeking applications for more than 160 openings at the Normal plant, based on a listing of job postings on the company’s website.

Rivian's nationwide workforce was about 14,000 prior to the restructuring.

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