DETROIT -- General Motors will close its aging van assembly plant in Baltimore next year, affecting about 1,100 jobs, a spokesman for the automaker said on Tuesday.
GM told workers at the plant on Tuesday of the decision to stop production of the slow-selling Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari vans, GM spokesman Stefan Weinmann said.
Union officials at the plant, which opened in 1935, said last year that GM would close the plant in 2005. But GM had not publicly confirmed the decision until Tuesday.
"Demand (for the vans) has declined to where it is no longer viable to build those products anymore in a dedicated plant," Weinmann said. "We have decided to discontinue the vehicles and close the plant."
The plant employs 1,000 union workers and 100 salaried employees. GM has in the past offered jobs at other plants for workers affected by a plant shutdown. But Weinmann said the automaker has not decided on a plan for the Baltimore workers.