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General Motors to Close its Only Va. Plant


RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- General Motors will close its plant in Spotsylvania County, its only manufacturing operation in Virginia, to cut costs as it operates under bankruptcy protection.

Company spokesman John Raut said the Detroit automaker told workers Monday that the plant will close in December 2010 or sooner, depending on demand. The plant produces torque converter clutches for automatic transmissions.

Raut said the plant employs 67 hourly and 14 salaried workers. More than 300 were employed there about four years ago at the plant, which opened in 1979.

The plant is one of nine plant closures that GM announced Monday.

Manufacturing of one of the products built at the Spotsylvania County plant will be moved to GM's Baltimore operation, Raut said.

GM had planned to temporarily shut down the plant Monday through July 12, but it will operate this week because of increased demand for one of its products, Raut said.

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