About 1,100 GM employees will lose their jobs two days before Christmas this year. GM is closing the assembly plant they work at in Moraine, Ohio much earlier than expected.
GM announced the closure Friday afternoon to employees there. The Moraine plant assembles the GMC Envoy, Chevrolet Trailblazer and Saab 9-7X, all of which have experienced sales declines of 30 percent or more in the past year as buyers steer clear of big SUVs.
The Moraine plant was originally scheduled to close by the summer of 2010 along with three other plants, but then GM accelerated the Moraine plant’s closing plans as sales continued to fall.
GM recently cut back operations there to a single shift, eliminating 400 to 500 jobs, reports the AP and the Detroit News.
The state of Ohio did its best to try and keep the Moraine plant open and try to keep these workers from losing their jobs. GM turned down a $56 million tax credit and grant package from the Ohio Department of Development to keep the plant open.