CHEEKTOWAGA, NY - Saturday was the day the remaining American Axle employees in Western New York have been dreading.
It has been six months since the company announced the Cheektowaga plant would close, ultimately eliminating just over 80 jobs. The closure came at the end of employees current labor contract.
Members of the United Auto Workers Region 9 who worked at the plant met for about an hour Saturday afternoon in Amherst. Neither union leaders nor their members would speak to media representatives as they left.
Over at the American Axle Plant on Walden Avenue, a "for sale" sign was posted on the property, and the company's flag was lowered to half-staff. The parking lot was barely filled as second shift employees worked inside the facility.
The Cheektowaga plant began operations in 2000. At it's peak, 2,800 employees worked at the 3 locations, which also included plants in Buffalo and Tonawanda.
There's no word yet on what will happen to the union members and other employees. 2 On Your Side called for a statement from the company's headquarters in Detroit, but the call was not returned.