Bus manufacturer Motor Coach Industries is laying off 190 employees from its Winnipeg plant.

A Motor Coach spokesperson confirmed the layoffs to CBC News late Thursday, citing decreasing customer demand.

Glenn Tomchak, the local president with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said the company notified workers of the layoffs on Thursday afternoon.

"We were called into a meeting at 1:30 today and informed that there's going to be some layoffs … right after Christmas," Tomchak said.

"In fact, [for] some of the junior people, their last day is going to be just right before Christmas," he added.

Many of the laid-off workers had recently been hired just months ago, as Motor Coach ramped up production during the summer.

However, the demand has since gone down, according to the company spokesperson.

Motor Coach Industries, based in Illinois, is considered to be the largest intercity coach-maker in North America, with plants in Winnipeg and Pembina, North Dakota.