Full GM plant closing listJune 1st, 2009 - 11:45 pm ICT by John Le Fevre
General Motors said Monday that it will close 14 plants, including seven in Michigan, as part of its restructuring in bankruptcy.
The plants being closed include an engine factory in Ypsilanti, Mich., where B-24 bombers were built during World War II, and the former Saturn assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., that used to invite thousands of car buyers to “homecoming” celebrations.
The Spring Hill plant, along with an assembly plant in Orion, Mich., and a nearby metal-stamping plant, will be placed on “standby” this fall, meaning that they could reopen if needed.
One of the two assembly plants on standby is expected to be retooled so that it can build up to 160,000 small cars a year, though no date was given for that to occur.
GM said it will also close a plant that builds convertibles in Wilmington, Del., next month and a pickup truck plant in Pontiac, Mich., in October.
The metal-stamping and powertrain plants on the list, with the exception of two that already had been announced, will close after June 2010.
In addition to the 14 plants, three parts distribution warehouses — in Boston; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Columbus, Ohio — will close in December.
The closings will leave GM with 33 plants in the United States by 2012, down from 47 last year. GM is also cutting about 21,000 jobs by 2011.
GM plant closing list
Plant Status / Timing
(date listed or sooner depending on market demand)
Orion, Mich. Standby Capacity - September 2009
Pontiac, Mich. Close - October 2009
Spring Hill, Tenn. Standby Capacity - November 2009
Wilmington, Del. Close - July 2009
Grand Rapids, Mich. Close - June 2009 (previously announced)
Indianapolis, Ind. Close - December 2011
Mansfield, Ohio Close - June 2010
Pontiac, Mich. Standby Capacity - December 2010
Livonia Engine, Mich. Close - June 2010
Flint North Components, Mich. Close - December 2010
Willow Run Site, Mich. Close - December 2010
Parma Components, Ohio Close - December 2010
Fredericksburg Components, Virg. Close - December 2010
Massena Castings, N.Y. Closed - May 1, 2009 (previously announced)
Service & Parts Operations (SPO)
Warehousing & Parts Distribution Centers
Boston, Mass. Close – December 31, 2009
Jacksonville, Fla. Close – December 31, 2009
Columbus, Ohio Close – December 31, 2009
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