General Motors is likely to close most of its U.S. factories for up to nine weeks this summer. The automaker typically closes its plants for two weeks during the summer months. This time NPR reporter Frank Langfitt says the long break has to do with overwhelming inventory. "They don't want to keep pumping out products people aren't buying and...filling up those dealer parking lots," Langfitt told Morning Edition.
While GM has not said which plants will shut down, the Detroit Free Press reports that workers at a plant in Orion, Michigan ,which makes the Pontiac G6 and Chevy Malibu, have been told the factory will closed for May and half of June. As for what will happen to GM workers, the Free Press says UAW workers will receive state unemployment benefits and "company supplemental pay that roughly equals about 70% of their gross pay."