GM Closes Plant in Oklahoma City

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  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    from FoxNews

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Some workers brought cameras to General Motors Corp.'s (GM) Oklahoma plant to take photographs of their work stations and co-workers before the last vehicle rolled off the line Monday, photos that will become treasured keepsakes in scrapbooks.

    Others just brought their sadness.

    "It's a rough day," said GM spokeswoman Nancy Sarpolis in Detroit. "It's hard to see your co-workers go."

    After 27 years, the last vehicle produced at the plant, a white Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, rolled out Monday evening as GM shut down production in the first of 12 facilities the company plans to close by 2008 as it struggles to match production with market demand.

    Detroit-based GM plans to cut 30,000 jobs. The Oklahoma City plant employs 2,400 — 2,200 hourly and 200 salaried — but economists said as many as 7,500 jobs could be affected including those at GM suppliers and secondary jobs, like hotel and restaurant workers.

    "It's obviously a sad day for the state of Oklahoma," said Mike Seney, senior vice president of The State Chamber, a statewide business and industry group.

    Gov. Brad Henry said the state will help displaced employees and their families find new jobs through job assistance, retraining and educational opportunities.
     
  2. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    How many other factories have shut down thus far?
     
  3. brownbomb

    brownbomb Rockstar

    Doraville, GA (just north of ATL) will close in a few months after nearly 50 yrs of production.
     
  4. Chevy Girl

    Chevy Girl Rockstar GMTC Chick 100 Posts

    That's a shame. Is everything going to Mexico?
     
  5. brownbomb

    brownbomb Rockstar

    No everythings going to Toyota, Nissan, ect... it looks like.
     
  6. ProzacKid

    ProzacKid Rockstar 100 Posts

    The market is changing, so is production. Are the numbers of vehicles being sold changing that much? I know they're lasting longer.
     
  7. brownbomb

    brownbomb Rockstar

    I don't think less vehicals are being made overall just fewer by GM and Ford who are losing market share. Its good though, they are doing what it takes to survive... aren't we all.

    Roger
     
  8. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    This was just a precursor of what's to come I guess.
     
  9. raiderman8112

    raiderman8112 Rockstar

    when i talked to the dealer today they told me that the plant in mexico is getting shut down as well
     
  10. TahoeFever

    TahoeFever Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    so are the two plants here in NJ ..total bout 50k employees will loose their jobs
     

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