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13 GM plants stay closed until Jan. 7

  • The new year will begin with 13 General Motors plants down because of slow sales. GM will keep six car plants and seven truck plants idle Jan. 2 through Jan. 6.

    The GM car plants to be closed are: Kansas City, Fairfax Assembly (Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Intrigue); Lansing, Mich., Craft Centre (Cadillac Eldorado); Orion Township, Mich. (Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue, Oldsmobile Aurora, Pontiac Bonneville); Oshawa, Ontario, Plant No. 2 (Buick Century and Regal); Ste. Therese, Quebec (Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird); and Wilmington, Del. (Saturn L series).

    The shuttered truck plants are: Baltimore, Md. (Chevrolet Astro, GMC Safari); Doraville, Ga. (Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Montana); Linden, N.J. (Chevrolet Blazer and S10, GMC Jimmy and Sonoma); Shreveport, La. (Chevrolet S10, GMC Sonoma); and Wentzville, Mo. (Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana). The two medium-duty truck plants in Janesville, Wis. (plants 2 and 3), which have been closed since Dec. 10, also will be down.

    Each of the plants is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Jan. 7. Oshawa No. 2 then goes down again for the weeks of Jan. 14 and Jan. 21.

  • General Motors produced its 5 millionth vehicle of the year in North America on Friday, Dec. 21. The mark was reached eight days later than in 2000.
  • You can reach Debi Domby at ddomby@crain.com

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