• Oct 13, 2008
General Motors has announced that it wil close its SUV plant in Janesville, Wisconsin by the end of this year in response to the woeful market for utility vehicles. The plant produces the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and employs 1,200 UAW workers. GM was originally planning to shutter the plant sometime before 2010, but deteriorating market conditions have expedited the plant's demise. The news comes only one week after the General announced that it would be closing its Moraine, OH SUV plant early, as well.

Some analysts think GM could pull the plug on its Oshawa truck plant and Mexico facility in Toluca early too since truck sales are down as well, as GM has already announced that those plants are slated for closure. GM top dog Rick Wagoner stated last week that some stamping facilities could also face closure to help align production capabilities to demand.

[Source: CNN Money]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I would be more willing to support American taxpayer funds going to GM if it would close its Mexican plants before closing its American plants. It's irritating to see U.S. money going to the Detroit Three when they won't even keep our workers at a job, but they'll keep jobs in Toluca producing the same automobile.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is GM asking for $25 billion from Mexico?
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are closing their plants in Mexico, one of them was announced to be closed with Janesville.

        And yes, there are unions down there, but not really.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are the unions in Mexico?
      • 6 Years Ago
      My family in Massena, NY had best be looking for new jobs if they haven't already...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why are the trucks all in reverse?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So who is going to do the less thing first. Show of hands. Bueller? Bueller? I too have been to other countries and I was amazed also at the conditions their government made them live.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't we close all our plants in North America, open them all in mexico, and charge massive tariffs, and forget the NAFTA agreement ever existed, and then we can finally say, RIP GM/Ford/Cereblyer! I am sick and tired of all these jobs leaving NA for these cheap markets, who the hell can afford a new car these days anyways? It certainly isn't 40-50% of the population with gross family incomes of 40-60k a year. Hell you can't get a job in small town Canada/America for anything above minimum wage anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a good thing. The days of SUV's and v-8 cars are over. Hopefully, come November a new government is elected which will enact strict regulations for what can be built. America needs to learn to live with less, and stop destroying the rest of the world.

      "#1 Every plant closure, job lost, and dip in the DOW JONES only helps Obama just a tad bit more." Let's hope so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "come November a new government is elected which will enact strict regulations for what can be built."

        How sad people think that government and excessive regulations are the answer to everything. Let the government save the environment, let the government save wall street, let the government control our lives. It all smells of socialism and I don't want to live under the government's thumb.

        You know the old saying, be careful what you wish for...
        • 6 Years Ago
        And $6 a gallon oil would have happened if not for the corporate criminals who got us into this mess. It's a mute point.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with you dj on how Americans need to learn to live with less, which does not necessarily mean "go Amish". The American industries, and Americans in general definitely need to change their habits on being extremely wasteful, especially with technology.

        As an international business person and traveling from many different countries I definitely see the difference. We have the technology that can be put to great use and seriously make a great difference, not only in the automotive industry, but also in other areas of technology, but somehow we just choose not to.

        Kind of sad actually.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No they are not, how silly. You probably predicted 6 dollar a gallon gas by summers end too. People have short attention spans. SUV sales were at 46% when they got popular, the trend is just reversing back to where it was. Reading your comments about taxes and gas guzzler taxes and Obama just shows how liberal you are. I think your on the wrong website. There must be a bicycle website you can go cry about V8's to?
      • 6 Years Ago
      #1 Every plant closure, job lost, and dip in the DOW JONES only helps Obama just a tad bit more.

      #2 The day of the full sized SUV is OVER. GM needs to retool to produce the Acadia, the Trailblazer and every other mid sized SUV or Crossover.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And the Moraine plant made the Trailblazer. Those are going away.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with Fixitfixit, i think they will come back BIG TIME, and sooner than most people think. Oil is already way down, once the economy improves, say in 2010 people will go back to those trucks. All GM and others need to do is make them a bit more efficient. I think that very same Yukon will sell very well if it will get 5-6 more MPG. Same with Hummer, there’s no need to sell it.

        As I said before GM does make decent SUVs that people want, they just need to make them more efficient.

        • 6 Years Ago
        But Acadia doesn't sell well either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I disagree that full-SUVs are done for. I DO think that market has shrunk, but let's be realistic: The Suburban did fine in the 70s and 80s and there will always be a need for a big SUV which can pull a heavy trailer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I work for the "slated to close Moraine Assembly Plant in Ohio, Itraded my Silverado (a the behesting of family..gas and all) and got talked into an aveo...I hate that little, uncomfortable, window rattling, no get up and go, piece of s@#%, I wanted to take it to the plant and set it on fire but they would put me in the clink, I hate that GM sold it's good plants and workers out for the green. IF you google GM/CEO's or GM/Rick wagoner..you would throw up. Global ..GMS it's all crap..We were traded for a F@#$%^& aveo? It is SO SUCH A PIECE OF CRAP...It DOES NOT GET THE MPG AS PROMISED..made in Korea and Japan..it may as well be a yugo..that is how it peforms I HATE IT>>>This is one of GM's biggest blunders..wish I kept my Truck..( and i'm a girl..go figure).
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