March 3, 2005

GM to lay off 3,000 workers at Lansing plant

Detroit, Michigan – General Motors said Tuesday it will lay off nearly 3,000 hourly workers at its Lansing Car Assembly plant later this spring.

The plant makes the Pontiac Grand Am and the Chevrolet Classic, the fleet version of the Chevrolet Malibu, both of which are being discontinued. The replacement for the Grand Am, the Pontiac G6, is made at GM’s plant in Lake Orion. Workers were notified Tuesday; the company expects to close the plant around May 20, but the exact date will be determined by the number of final orders received.

The plant’s 250 salaried workers will be transferred to other locations, said GM spokesman Stefan Weinmann. Many of the 2,950 hourly workers are expected to fill positions at GM’s new Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant, currently under construction but expected to start production in 2006. Weinmann said the plant will employ 2,900 people and will be hiring late this year or early spring.

GM also announced that its February sales fell 12.7 per cent from last year and it has already slowed production at Lansing’s two other GM plants because of a backlog of unsold vehicles.

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