Personnel count at General Motors' Willow Run plant down to 700
General Motors has reduced the headcount at its Willow Run transmission plant to 700, fewer than three months after announcing that it would close the historic plant by December 2010.
Daphne Adams, communications manager for the plant, confirmed that the 5-million-square-foot facility has about 700 hourly and salaried employees remaining, down from 1,364 workers three months ago.
Some 200 of those employees are transferring to GM's Toledo plant, the Toledo Blade reported.
Adams said that most of the remaining 700 employees would continue to work at the plant until its closure.
GM could still revive the plant, but it appears unlikely.
Bruce Belzowski, assistant research scientist for the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute, said it might be hard to get in the way of GM's government-backed bankruptcy restructuring plan.
"It seems like it would be really difficult in this time because GM is downsizing its company so much to argue which plants are going to be closed or not," he said. "You really have to show some strategic reason why that plant should stay open for the company - and that's a pretty tough thing for them to do."