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Slow sales shutter plants

  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama began production of the Honda Odyssey at its new plant in Lincoln, Ala., on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

  • General Motors will close its Ste. Therese, Quebec, plant this week because of slow sales. It is the 10th time the plant, which builds the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, has been closed this year.

  • Ford Motor Co. will halt production at its Hermosillo, Mexico, plant (Ford Escort and Focus) because of slow fleet sales. It is the second time in the past five weeks the plant has been down.

  • Ford's Norfolk, Va., plant (Ford F-Series) will work overtime for the first time since the week ending July 21.

  • Ford U.S. trucks reached 2 million on Thursday, Nov. 15. This is five weeks later than in 2000. Ford U.S. trucks are 10.7 percent below last year at this time.

  • North American car and truck production reached 14 million on Tuesday, Nov. 13. This is 39 days later than in 2000. Production for 2001 is down 11.4 percent or 1,825,932 units.

  • U.S. car and truck manufacturers will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. General Motors' Janesville, Wis., plant is scheduled to work four days this week but is not working the fourth day as overtime.
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