GM Closes Michigan Truck Plant

Automaker is scheduled to close Tuesday a plant in Pontiac, Mich., that makes heavy-duty GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickups and employs about 1,000 workers.

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- General Motors Co. is closing a 37-year-old truck plant north of Detroit.

GM spokesman Chris Lee said the closure is scheduled for Tuesday for the plant in Pontiac that makes heavy-duty GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickups. The plant employs about 1,000 workers.

The plant, built in 1972 for the production of medium-duty trucks, was among 14 manufacturing facilities that GM announced in June would close or be put on standby capacity in case vehicle demand increases.

The company said earlier this month that its plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., will add production of the heavy-duty pickups that have been made in Pontiac. It will take at least three months to add the shifts because workers must be moved and machinery must be disassembled and moved from Pontiac.

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