GM to Shut Down Janesville Plant Early

1,200 to Lose Jobs in Second GM Factory Closure

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Corp. says it will idle its Janesville, Wis., sport utility vehicle factory on Dec. 23, earlier than the company had expected.

The factory employs 1,200 workers and makes the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban SUVs.

GM spokesman Chris Lee said Monday that the market for those vehicles is shrinking, so the automaker had to make the difficult decision to idle the factory early. The company had previously said it would shut down Janesville and three other pickup truck and SUV factories by 2010.

Earlier this month, GM moved up the closure of another of those plants, an SUV factory in Moraine, Ohio. It will also close Dec. 23.


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