ARARAT manufacturing company AME Systems will cut 45 more jobs from its head office.
The cuts come after the company started trading four days a week when a sudden downturn hit sales in August.
The Mail-Times also reported the company made about 20 staff redundant in July.
The company manufactures electrical wiring harnesses and other electrical systems.
AME Systems general manager Dean Pinniger said the redundancies were a result of a severe downturn in sales.
“Through August and September we managed with a four-day week with staff taking annual leave but unfortunately we haven’t seen any turn-around in sales and we had to adjust our numbers,” he said.
“Our preference is not to have any redundancies and we are monitoring sales, ordering intake and looking for new work, to try to grow the business.”
Mr Pinniger said the drop in sales was the result of a flow-on effect from other businesses.
“Our major customers are experiencing reduced sales and that has a direct impact on our sales,” he said.
“Despite this, we are still a major contributor to the region and we are looking to build on that in the future – we just need to remain positive.”
Ararat Mayor Ian Wilson said the cuts were of grave concern to the individuals affected.
“AME Systems is one of the major employers in Ararat,” he said.
“Despite the recent announcement, they still maintain more than 250 staff in Ararat.”
He said the company and council would work together to support the individuals involved.
Cr Wilson said he was confident AME Systems would bounce back.