General Motors Corp. confirms plans to close its Baltimore assembly plant in 2005 and halt production of the Chevy Astro and GMC Safari minivans that are made there. The announcement had been anticipated for several years, with GM eliminating the plant’s second shift of production in the summer of 2000 and slowing production output on several occasions as demand declined for the rear-wheel-drive minivans. (See related story: GM Closing Baltimore Plant, Dropping Minivans) “Long-term ...

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