General Motors Corp.'s Baltimore Astro/Safari assembly plant will get a one-year extension and stay open through 2001, the automaker told factory employees last week. The 64-year-old plant previously had no production plans past 2000. GM says a recent Astro/Safari sales resurgence is the reason the factory will continue making the vans for at least another 12 months. But combined calendar year-to-date sales through May were up only slightly from like-1998 (32,234 vs. 32,178). It's much ...

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