DETROIT (AP) -- About 3,600 General Motors Corp. workers will be laid off indefinitely beginning early next year as the automaker slows down production at 10 of its assembly plants.
GM spokesman Anthony Sapienza said Friday the production line "re-rates," as they are called, help reduce inventory and adjust to shrinking market demand.
Four line re-rates will take effect Jan. 12 at plants in Hamtramck and Lansing; Wentzville, Mo.; and Oshawa, Ontario.
More slowdowns will begin Jan. 20 at factories in Bowling Green, Ky.; Lordstown, Ohio; and Spring Hill, Tenn.
Re-rates also will start Feb. 2 in Oakland County's Orion Township and Kansas City, Mo., and Feb. 9 at a second Lansing plant.