Romulus engine plant will stay closed until late 2015.
June 10, 2013
by The Canadian Press
DETROIT – General Motors (GM) is laying off 560 workers while it retools an engine plant near Detroit to build a new motor.
GM says layoffs at the Romulus, Mich., factory will start in August and run to late 2015. The company is rebuilding the inside of the factory to make a new, more efficient V-6 engine.
The plant now builds several V-6 and V-8 motors for trucks as well as industrial and marine uses.
When the $390 million upgrade is finished, the plant will make only V-6s.
During the layoffs, about 430 full-time workers will get unemployment and supplemental pay worth about 75% of their wages. Another 130 temporary workers will lose their jobs.
GM announced the retooling in 2011. About 120 skilled employees will stay while the work is done.
©The Canadian Press