General Motors to cut 30,000 manufacturing jobs, close plants

Detroit, Nov 21 | Updated: Nov 22 2005, 05:30am hrs
General Motors Corp will eliminate 30,000 manufacturing jobs and close nine North American assembly, stamping and powertrain plants by 2008 as part of an effort to get production in line with demand the announcement on Monday by Rick Wagoner, chairman and CEO of the world's largest automaker, represents 5,000 more job cuts than the 25,000 that the automaker had previously indicated it planned to cut.

GM said the plan is to achieve $7 billion in cost reductions on a running rate basis by the end of 2006 - $1 billion above its previously indicated target.

"The decisions we are announcing today were very difficult to reach because of their impact on our employees and the communities where we live and work," Mr Wagoner told employees. "But these actions are ncessary for GM to get its costs in line with our major global competitors.

In short, they are an essential part of our plan to return our North American operations to profitability as soon as possible."

The company said the Assembly plants that will close are in Oklahoma City, Lansing, Michigan, Spring Hill, Tennessee, Doraville, Georgia, and Ontario, Canada.

Skidding Away
GM said the plan is to achieve $7 billion in cost reductions on a running rate basis by the end of 2006
Assembly plants that will close are in Oklahoma city, Lansing, Michigan, Spring hill, Tennessee, Doraville, Georgia, and Ontario
An engine facility in Flint, Michigan, will close, along wih separate powertrain facility in Ontario and metal centers in Lansing and Pittsburgh.

Wagoner said GM also will close three service and parts operations facilities. They are in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Portland, Oregon, and one unidentified site. A shift also will be removed at a plant in Moraine, Ohio.

PTI