DETROIT -- General Motors said today it will close a Grand Rapids, Mich., metal stamping plant next year that makes hoods, fenders and other parts for pickups and SUVs.
The closure, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009, affects 1,340 hourly workers, according to GM. Some of the workers could be offered jobs at other GM plants. GM spokeswoman Sherrie Childers-Arb said GM will work with the UAW to reach a settlement with the workforce.
Some of the stamping work will be reassigned to other plants. But GM is radically scaling back truck and SUV production because of waning demand, so the company will no longer need to produce as many parts.
GM notified plant workers Monday afternoon of the closure. GM also said Monday that it will close its Janesville, Wis., SUV plant in December, about six months ahead of schedule.
The plant employs about 1,200 hourly workers represented by the UAW and assembles GM's Yukon and Suburban SUV models. The plant will shut down operations on Dec. 23.
Reuters contributed to this report