GM lay­ing off over 2,000 at 2 car plants as sales slow

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Shift­ing de­mand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forc­ing Gen­eral Mo­tors to lay off more than 2,000 work­ers in­def­i­nitely at two as­sem­bly plants in Ohio and Michi­gan start­ing in Jan­uary. The com­pany said Wed­nes­day it will sus­pend the third shifts at fac­to­ries in Lord­stown, Ohio, and in Lans­ing, Mich., be­cause of the mar­ket change, which is grow­ing and shows no sign of abat­ing. About 1,250 work­ers will be fur­loughed at the Lord­stown plant, which makes the Chevro­let Cruze com­pact car, start­ing Jan. 23. An­other 840 will be idled at the Lans­ing Grand River fac­tory, which makes the Chevro­let Ca­maro mus­cle car and the Cadil­lac ATS and CTS lux­ury cars, when their shifts end Jan. 16. “It’s sup­ply and de­mand, and right now the de­mand is not there for what we have,” said Glenn John­son, pres­i­dent of a United Auto Work­ers union lo­cal at the Lord­stown plant east of Cleve­land.

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