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GM, Ford to Idle One Plant Each

July 18, 2002

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DETROIT (AP) _ General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. each will shut down one assembly plant next week, the automakers said Thursday,

GM will idle its Fairfax, Kan., plant to adjust inventories and to prepare for production of a new product. The shutdown will affect about 2,500 workers.

The Fairfax plant builds the Pontiac Grand Prix, which saw a 9.6 percent decline in sales last month compared with June 2001.

Preparations also will be made for production of a new vehicle, the name of which the automaker has not yet revealed, spokesman Dan Flores said.

GM has invested $500 million in the plant to make the necessary changes, he said.

All other GM plants will be up and running and working overtime all or part of next week.

Ford said all of its plants will be operating next week except Oakville, Ontario, which builds the Windstar minivan.

About 3,300 workers will be affected.

Some changes are being made to the plant, and it will resume production on July 29, the automaker said.

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General Motors Corp., http://www.gm.com

Ford Motor Co., http://www.ford.com

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