A report from the Detroit Free Press this week has workers at Lansing's General Motors Grand River plant on edge. As you may recall, back in November, General Motors announced that they would be cutting around 14,000 jobs. According to the news this week from the Free Press, the Lansing Grand River Assembly in Lansing; the Lake Orion Assembly, north of Detroit; the Bowling Green Kentucky Assembly Plant and the Fairfax Assembly in Kansas City, Kansas are all "operating far below their production capacity."

How soon could the plants possibly close? Well, that depends on who you ask. According to the report, more closings of GM plants "seem unlikely before UAW contract talks next summer."

What's the problem? Again, opinions vary but it appears that a preference of larger vehicles such as a pickup or one of the many SUV options are hurting car sales and thus the factories that make those cars are at risk of shutting down.

 

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