GM will shutter Janesville plant

By Jim Leute ( Contact )   June 3, 2008 - 6:14 a.m.

General Motors was expected to announce today it will close its plant in Janesville in an effort to restructure production of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

First-shift workers were to learn of the decision at an employee meeting this morning.

The Janesville plant, one of four GM plans to shutter, is scheduled to continue building Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes and GMC Yukon XLs and Yukons until December 2010. But whether the local plant lives that long is dependent on a large truck market that’s been hammered by high gas prices and other economic woes.

The Janesville plant employs about 2,400 hourly and 200 salaried workers. Earlier this year, GM announced plans to eliminate the second shift and 756 jobs in Janesville starting in July.

GM also was expected to announce today that it will close plants in Moraine, Ohio; Oshawa, Ontario, and Toluca Mexico.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 11:25 AM

I saw it on the news!  I guess I wasn't totally surprised though.  It will be rough for Janesville though.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 11:52 AM oh great, I hope this doesn't effect my husbands job.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 1:52 PM Wow...

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