GM To Temporarily Close 5 Factories As Car Inventory Builds

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DETROIT (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — General Motors will temporarily close five factories next month as it tries to reduce a growing inventory of cars.

Spokeswoman Dayna Hart says the factories will close anywhere from one to three weeks due to the continuing U.S. market shift toward trucks and SUVs. Just over 10,000 workers will be idled.

The company’s Detroit-Hamtramck and Kansas City, Kansas, factories will be shut down for three weeks, while a plant in Lansing, Michigan, will be down for two weeks. Factories in Lordstown, Ohio, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, each will be idled for one week.

The factories make just about every car in the General Motors lineup. Last month, almost 62 percent of all U.S. vehicle sales were trucks and SUVs.

General Motors has an assembly plant in Arlington that produces and exports full-size sport utility vehicles — including the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade — and will not be impacted by the temporary closures.

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