Impact of GM plan on Martinsburg facility unclear

June 01, 2009

From staff and AP

General Motors Corp. isn't planning to close its Service & Parts Operations facility in Berkeley County, W.Va., a company spokeswoman said Monday.

The Martinsburg facility -- and the jobs of its 135 employees -- are safe for now, GM spokeswoman Pam Flores said in a telephone interview from a company office near Flint, Mich.

Ken Collinson, president of United Auto Workers Local 1590 in Martinsburg, did not respond to two messages seeking comment Monday.

GM announced on Monday that it would close three of its Service & Parts Operations centers in Boston, Jacksonville, Fla., and Columbus, Ohio.


The automaker said Monday those three facilities would close by Dec. 31 in an effort to consolidate warehousing and distribution operations.

"We did what made sense from a geographic and competitive standpoint," Flores said.

Service Parts & Operations centers distribute replacement parts to General Motors dealerships, Flores said.

General Motors said Monday it will permanently close nine more plants and idle three others to trim production and labor costs under bankruptcy protection.

Six of the plants are in GM's home state of Michigan, which already has been hard-hit by job cuts in the auto industry.

GM's assembly plant in Wilmington, Del., will close in July, followed by its Pontiac, Mich., pickup truck plant in October.

Assembly plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Orion, Mich., will end production this fall but will remain on "standby," meaning workers can be called back should the company need to increase production. One of those plants would be retooled to produce a subcompact vehicle that GM had originally planned to build in China.

Flores said the Service & Parts Operations facility in Martinsburg opened in 2001.

GM plants to be closed or idled

A look at the plants General Motors Corp. said Monday it will close or idle, with the number of hourly employees affected at each location.

Assembly plants scheduled to close:

o Wilmington, Del. Scheduled to close in July. Cars produced at the plant include the Pontiac Solstice, the Pontiac Solstice Coupe, the Saturn Sky and the Opel GT. (966 employees)

o Pontiac, Mich. Set to shut its doors by October. Produces the GMC Sierra, a sports utility vehicle, and the Chevrolet Silverado. (1,370 employees)

Assembly plants expected to be idled:

o Orion, Mich. Assembles Chevrolet Malibu and the Pontiac G6. Will halt production in September. (3,190 employees)

o Spring Hill, Tenn. Assembles Chevrolet Traverse. Will halt production in November. (2,447 employees)

Two new stamping plants, which mold sheets of steel into different auto parts, are set to close permanently:

o Mansfield, Ohio. Will close by June 2010. (1,202 employees)

o Indianapolis. Will close by December 2011. (620 employees)

One stamping plant will be idled:

o Pontiac Metal in Pontiac, Mich. Expected to shut down at least temporarily by December 2010. (829 employees)

Five plants where powertrain systems are produced are scheduled to close:

o Livonia Engine in Livonia, Mich. Will close by June 2010. (83 employees)

o Four other powertrain plants will close by December 2010: Flint North in Flint, Mich. (566 employees); Willow Run near Ypsilanti, Mich. (1,178 employees); Parma, Ohio, near Cleveland (37 employees), and Fredericksburg, Va., Components (68 employees).

Three service and parts warehouses and parts distribution centers are also on the closure list:

o Warehouses in Boston (66 employees), Jacksonville, Fla. (66 employees) and Columbus, Ohio (60 employees). Set to close by the end of this year.

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