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Chrysler to close plant, cut output at a second

Chrysler said Monday that it would indefinitely close one Missouri plant and cut production at another because of slumping demand for pickup trucks and minivans.

Executives said in a conference call that the automaker would shutter the St. Louis South plant, which makes minivans, effective Oct. 31. The St. Louis North plant, which makes full-size pickups, will be cut from two shifts to one effective Sept. 2.

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler said the moves would affect 2,400 jobs. That includes 1,500 at the minivan plant and another 900 at the pickup truck plant, both of which are in Fenton, a St. Louis suburb.

Chrysler President and Vice Chairman Tom LaSorda said the company had no plans to reopen the minivan plant.

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