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Old 01-18-2006, 11:01 AM   #21
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Default GM's Lansing Craft Centre to close in March (2006 Last Yr for Chevy SSR?)

GM's Lansing Craft Centre to close in March (2006 Last Yr for Chevy SSR?)

GM's Lansing Craft Centre to close in MarchAssociated PressLANSING, Mich. - The plant that builds the Chevrolet SSR sport truck will be shut down for good on or around March 17, General Motors Corp. says.

The move will idle 430 GM workers and put 181 workers at a local car parts supplier out of work.

GM had announced in November that it would close the Lansing Craft Centre along with eight other North American assembly, stamping and powertrain facilities by 2008 as part of an effort to return the company to profitability.
The Craft Centre had been expected to stay open until this summer, but lack of demand for the SSR moved the closing date to March.

"It is simply based on current and projected sales," GM spokeswoman Linda Ellis told the Lansing State Journal for a story Friday.

Last month, GM sold 574 SSRs, down 48.3 percent from December 2004. For the year, GM sold 8,107 SSRs, down 16 percent from 2004.

Craft Centre workers currently are off work through Feb. 13. Once they return, they're expected to build SSRs until the plant closes.
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