GM closing 4 plants, including Morain...

GM closing 4 plants, including Moraine Assembly

There are 74 comments on the WDTN Dayton story from Jun 3, 2008, titled GM closing 4 plants, including Moraine Assembly. In it, WDTN Dayton reports that:

General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

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brandy

AOL

#1 Jun 3, 2008
i think it sucks that the moraine plant has to close! thats gonna make alot of businesses suffer and our festivals will suffer as well!
they need to keep ours open and close another one!
Sherry

Dayton, OH

#2 Jun 3, 2008
If people would stop buying all these foreign vehicles, American made Vehicle companies would'nt be closing their doors.
Jamie

Dayton, OH

#3 Jun 3, 2008
This seems like a very hasty move on GM's part. Although, honestly I don't blame them. Hummer was junk anyway, lol.

It sucks it has to be this way but if gas prices continue to rise even the Prius drivers are gonna be S.O.L.
Danielle

Dayton, OH

#4 Jun 3, 2008
The news of the GM plant closing the doors saddens me because my husband works there. I have supported GM by buying their cars and trucks because my parents, grandparents, and husband have worked there for so long, but now it just makes me sick. I will buy a honda from now on because that is more American made than GM
Joe

South Charleston, OH

#5 Jun 3, 2008
Shery is wrong. Don't blame people who buy better made foreign vehicles that don't use much gas. GM has been a money hungry "pig" for WAY too long and now it is coming back to haunt the company!!!
jerry tipp city

United States

#6 Jun 3, 2008
I feel before we give up normal size cars we should address the other ways that our energy is wasted! Student driving to school with nearly all of the buses at 50 % capacity,Motor homes,boats,and many many other things.
4ert

Toronto, Canada

#7 Jun 3, 2008
i believe truck production is being moved to MEXICO.

Consequently I suppose those Chevy "OUR COUNTRY" TV spots will need to replace the cowboy hats with sombreros.
robert

Wimberley, TX

#8 Jun 3, 2008
I hate to hear about GM closing Moraine but had to wonder how much longer it would survive. The whole "buy American" for me was over when the BIG 3 started moving jobs overseas. Instead of "Buy American" how about "Made in America"!
Joe

Yellow Springs, OH

#9 Jun 3, 2008
jerry tipp city wrote:
I feel before we give up normal size cars we should address the other ways that our energy is wasted! Student driving to school with nearly all of the buses at 50 % capacity,Motor homes,boats,and many many other things.
Great point! I see this all the time. School buses half full (if that) and the student parking lot overflowing!!!
Janie

United States

#10 Jun 3, 2008
I am a GM brat. I grew up with a father who worked as a vendor and is now employhed with GM (different plant, in a different state)... I feel for the families who have to go through this. However, if anyone is to blame, I feel the union has shot themselves in the foot. Unions are bad business... I beleive the CEO and upper level execs are also to blame. Too many struggles between union and upper mgt... How is any company suppose to survive?
brian

United States

#11 Jun 3, 2008
the problem is georgy bushy baby.i rest my case
steve

United States

#12 Jun 3, 2008
Yes gas prices and auto trends had a lot to do with it but a huge part was the hesitation of the hourly work force to concede to the cuts in pay that would make the plant competitive with other manufacturing jobs out there that just has to occur to keep these jobs in the country. They had a choice: take the cuts in pay or lose the plant. They made their choice. It's a term called "Detroit Mentality".
Moraine worker

United States

#13 Jun 3, 2008
No wonder our midsize suvs aren't selling.The stupid things are virtually unchanged since the first were made in 02.Who wants to be a dated overpriced piece of crap?
Rob

Shepherdsville, KY

#14 Jun 3, 2008
While I hate to see anyone loose their job I can't help but think that the union with there strangle hold on companys force more and more out of work everyday. There where a time for unions and it has passed they aren't needed and companys are not willing to put up with the iron grip the unions have. It's easier to shut down than have to deal with a union I read in a business magazine that for every car GM sells around $1500 dollars of that cost goes to GM employees retired and present employees health care costs a union made deal. GM has had the time to make a vehicle that might even compare with a foriegn car makers but hasn't and probally won't and to be honest I don't think they can. Another problem I see is working on a assembly line to me is a unskilled job that dosen't warrent the pay that is given. Honestly is there a need to pay someone $23 dollars an hour to put in a battery or put on the tires, I think not. It's sad when your paying a assembly line worker more than most regesterd nurse's with a degree get paid and have less responsabilty at that. Ship out the unions and the jobs won't be shipped out to other countrys. People should have seen this coming
http://www.toyotageorgetown.com/detailnews.as...
Moraine worker

Ada, OH

#15 Jun 3, 2008
Steve, wage concessions was not the issue.The Moraine plant is as competitive as any UAW plant. It's all about the gas prices, no demand for our product, no reason to keep producing them.
s sobosly

Springfield, OH

#16 Jun 3, 2008
How many GM workers are driving foreign cars? You can think to blame someone else but if you don't buy what you build why should anyone else.
Idahorider

Post Falls, ID

#17 Jun 3, 2008
Just out of curiosity, does this mean a total halt to GM truck production?

“6 of one, 0110 of the other.”

Since: Feb 08

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#18 Jun 3, 2008
Moraine worker wrote:
as competitive as any UAW plant
There's a paradox.
Diana Banta

Lagrange, IN

#19 Jun 3, 2008
Being a GM spouse of 35 years, I saw how the top administration took the BIG bonuses for themselves, never giving anything to the factory people. The factory people were the ones who gave their heart and soul to the GM workplace making sure that quotas were met every day. There were times when my husband was "required" to work 7 days a week and missed many family functions, school functions, and holidays due to GM schedules. Never was he given a THANK YOU from the bigwhigs but at the end of the year, those bigwhigs in Detroit sure made certain they got their 'MILLION $$ BONUSES". Those million $$ bonues is what should have been put back into designing new and competitive products to compete with the foreign car companies. Top GM officials were and still are too greedy for their own good. It's certainly not the union members as everyone claims.
Diana Banta

Lagrange, IN

#20 Jun 3, 2008
Danielle wrote:
The news of the GM plant closing the doors saddens me because my husband works there. I have supported GM by buying their cars and trucks because my parents, grandparents, and husband have worked there for so long, but now it just makes me sick. I will buy a honda from now on because that is more American made than GM
I would never buy a Honda. Reason #1: Yes some of the parts are American made, BUT 90% of all profits go back to JAPAN. I know this to be true, as one of my neighbors is a top official at a local Japanese plant here in our town. Very little profit is shelled out for local school organizations or town festivals. Even the house that he lives in is paid for by the "mother company" in Japan. The company was able to get our town to defer 100% of taxes for 7 years recently so that the company could expand the plant for mechanical robots. No actual new jobs, just robots.

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