General Motors Corp. will take a preliminary step March 15 toward closing its Buick City, MI, assembly plant by cutting one shift from the factory's two-shift rotation. According to a GM Car Group spokeswoman some 1,000 to 1,200 employees will be affected. About half the workers are permanent GM employees who eventually will be transferred to the automaker's Hamtramck and Orion, MI, assembly plants. The others are temporaries who have been hired to keep the plant running, as permanent ...

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