GM Fleshes Out Plans to Close, Idle Plants

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 1, 2009 9:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – In the wake of this morning's bankruptcy filing, GM will permanently close nine more plants and idle three others to trim production and labor costs, the AP reports. Assembly plants in Pontiac, Mich., and Wilmington, Del., will close this year; plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Orion, Mich., will shut down production but remain on standby.

Powertrain plants in Livonia, Flint, and Ypsilanti Township, Mich. will close next year, along with plants in Parma, Ohio, and Fredericksburg, Va. Stamping plants in Indianapolis and Mansfield, Ohio, also will close. A stamping plant in Pontiac, Mich., will be idled but remain in a standby capacity. GM will also close service and parts warehouses in Boston, Jacksonville, Fla., and Columbus, Ohio, by the end of this year.

Robert Patton, a worker at General Motors Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Mich., talks to the media outside the plant this morning after the automaker filed for bankruptcy protection.
Robert Patton, a worker at General Motors Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Mich., talks to the media outside the plant this morning after the automaker filed for bankruptcy protection.   (Carlos Osorio)
A visitor walks by a General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac DTS displayed at a showroom of Yanase & Co., a Japanese chain that sells imported autos, in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, June 1, 2009.
A visitor walks by a General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac DTS displayed at a showroom of Yanase & Co., a Japanese chain that sells imported autos, in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, June 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
The General Motors Orion Assembly sign is seen at the plant in Orion Township, Mich., Monday, June 1, 2009. The automaker will idle the plant in the wake of its bankruptcy filing this morning.
The General Motors Orion Assembly sign is seen at the plant in Orion Township, Mich., Monday, June 1, 2009. The automaker will idle the plant in the wake of its bankruptcy filing this morning.   (Carlos Osorio)
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