General Motors Corp. will permanently shutter nine more plants and idle three more to slash production and labor costs as part of the automaker's court-ordered restructuring.
The moves impact seven facilities in Michigan, including five of which will be closed in Pontiac, Grand Rapids, Livonia, Flint and Ypsilanti Township.
The moves drops the total number of GM assembly, powertrain and stamping facilities in the U.S. from 47 at the end of last year to 34 by the end of next year. In 2012, there will be 33 facilities.
The Pontiac Assembly Plant will close in October, while GM's Orion Township plant will shut down production in September and go on stand-by.
An assembly plant in Wilmington, Del., will close in July, and a plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., will cease production in November and go on stand-by.
GM will close a powertrain plant in Livonia in June 2010. followed by closings of Flint North and a plant in Ypsilanti Township, both of which will close in December 2010, along with plants in Parma, Ohio, and Fredericksburg, Va. Stamping plants in Indianapolis and Mansfield, Ohio, also will close.
A stamping plant in Pontiac will remain on standby in December 2010.
The Detroit News also has a great interactive map of "GM's footprint", and as you can see, it's Michigan, Ohio and Indiana that will take the biggest hit from plant/supplier shutdowns. Go check it out.