Mich. gets hit hard in GM's latest plant closings

LANSING, Mich. – LANSING, MI. (AP) - As General Motors Corp. on Monday named the operations it would close or put on standby as it headed into bankruptcy, Michigan learned it would be taking the brunt of the bad news.

The list includes a truck assembly plant shuttered in Pontiac and engine and transmission plants shut down in Flint, Livonia and Willow Run. A Grand Rapids stamping plant also will close.

An Orion assembly plant will be placed on standby, as will a stamping plant in Pontiac.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm told CNN Monday that Michigan already has lost hundreds of thousands of automotive jobs and will be hurt by the bankruptcy.

She says "it's going to be a tough summer." Some GM workers already are on extended layoffs as the automaker trims production because of lower sales.