Newsflash: GM Cuts Jobs, Closes Plants
Ailing automaker to cut 30,000 job cuts by 2008, close 9 plants
Plants scheduled to close include the Oklahoma City, Okla., assembly plant, which will be shuttered in early 2006 and builds the Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL, and Isuzu Ascender; Line No. 1 at the Spring Hill, Tenn., plant by the end of 2006, which builds Saturn vehicles; the Doraville, Ga., line, which builds GM minivans and will close at the end of its current product life cycle in 2008; the Lansing, Mich., Craft Centre in mid-2006, where GM builds the Chevrolet SSR; and Oshawa, Ont., Car Plant No. 2, which will close at the end of its vehicle life cycle in 2008. Oshawa's Car Plant No. 1, which was named North America's most productive vehicle assembly plant by the Harbour Report, will lose its third shift as well -- Oshawa No. 1 builds slow-selling mid-sized cars such as the Pontiac Grand Prix.
Also dropped will be the third shift at the Moraine, Ohio assembly plant, which builds mid-sized SUVs and was also named in the 2005 Harbour Report for productivity. Other facilities include the Lansing, Mich., Metal Center, which will close in 2006; the Pittsburgh, Pa., Metal Center, to close in 2007; a Parts Distribution Center in Portland, Ore., to close in 2006; a Parts Processing Center in Ypsilanti, Mich., in 2007; the St. Catharines Ontario Street West powertrain components facility in Ontario, Canada, to close in 2008; and the Flint, Mich., North 3800 engine facility, in 2008.
In a published response to GM cuts, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and Vice President Richard Shoemaker expressed dismay over the moves, saying that "Today's action by General Motors is not only extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate, it is devastating to many thousands of workers, their families and their communities. While GM's continuing decline in market share is not the fault of workers or our communities, it is these groups that will suffer because of the actions announced today."