Nation IN BRIEF : MICHIGAN : GM Reportedly Plans More Plant Closings
General Motors Corp. will close assembly plants in Texas and Ohio and lay off at least 10,000 white-collar workers next year in a move to reverse record North American losses, a newspaper reported. GM will shut down plants in Arlington, Tex., and Moraine, Ohio, ending weeks of speculation about how the auto maker would offset slumping sales, the Detroit Free Press reported. As many as 15,000 white-collar jobs could be eliminated, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources. GM Chairman Robert C. Stempel planned to disclose the cutbacks to employees in a satellite broadcast and at a news conference today. Analysts had speculated that the streamlining was likely to include shutting down four to five assembly plants.