has identified the 14 U.S. auto plants it will close by 2012 as part of its
The downsizing plan will reduce GM's total number of assembly, powertrain and stamping facilities in the U.S. from 47 in 2008 to 34 by the end of 2010 and 33 by 2012.
Under the plan, GM "will achieve full capacity utilization of its assembly operations in 2011, two years ahead of what was scheduled in its Feb. 17 viability plan submission," the company said, in a prepared statement. "This will result in lower fixed costs per vehicle sold, and lower and more efficient capital investment."
Among assembly plants, a Wilmington, Del., plant will close in July, and a Pontiac, Mich., plant will close in October. An Orion, Mich., plant will operate through September, then be placed on standby. A Pontiac, Mich., stamping plant will operate through December 2010, then go on standby.
GM noted that it will build a small car at one of the two assembly plants designated for "standby," with major metal stampings supported from a stamping plant also on standby capacity. The retooled assembly plant, which has not yet been determined, will be capable of building 160,000 cars annually.
Below is a table listing the closings and future plans for the plants.