The end of General Motors Corp.’s 67-year-old Linden, NJ, assembly plant is beginning sooner than expected. The factory, which makes the Chevy Blazer and GMC Jimmy, has had an uncertain future for several years – GM had not assigned Linden product beyond mid-2005. But the auto maker now says it will begin laying off workers in early 2005, likely in February. (See related story: GM Mulls Adding 2nd Shift to LGR Sooner; Cuts Shifts Elsewhere) The Blazer’s production run ends next year. ...

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