DETROIT (AP) - A person familiar with General Motors' plans says the automaker will permanently close nine more plants and idle three others to trim production and labor costs under bankruptcy protection.
Assembly plants in Pontiac, Mich., and Wilmington, Del., will close this year, while plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., and Orion, Mich., will shut down production but remain on standby.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans have not been made public.
A union spokesman at the GM plant in Spring Hill confirms the 2,500 employees there have been told the plant will be idled.
Powertrain plants in Livonia, Flint and Ypsilanti Township, Mich. will close next year, along with plants in Parma, Ohio, and Fredericksburg, Va.
Stamping plants in Indianapolis and Mansfield, Ohio, also will close. A stamping plant in Pontiac, Mich., will remain on standby.