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GM will pick Orion Twp. plant for small car

Posted Friday, Jun 26, 2009, 11:09 am in Employee News

General Motors Corp. chose its Orion Township plant over factories in Tennessee and Wisconsin to build a new small car, preserving about 1,200 jobs, sources familiar with the situation told The Detroit News.

The plan must be approved by GM’s board of directors, which could happen as early as today, the paper said. The production of the new car will save jobs that otherwise might have been lost to layoffs in a state hard hit by manufacturing cuts. As part of the project, GM is likely to retool its stamping plant in Pontiac to make parts for the new car that will be based on the Chevrolet Spark, saving several hundred more jobs, the News said.

GM spokesman Tom Pyden said GM was nearing an announcement and it could come as early as today, but the automaker has yet to talk to officials from the three states that were considered, the paper said. The Orion Township plant employs about 3,400 hourly and salaried workers, who make the Pontiac G6 and Chevrolet Malibu. But with GM’s decision to phase out the Pontiac brand by next year, the plant will have the capacity to produce another vehicle, the story said. (The Detroit News)
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