General Motors’ Janesville Assembly To Be Closed Permanently
Former Fullsize SUV Plant Closure Revealed in UAW Contract Details
Nothing lasts forever, especially when it comes to the world of automotive manufacturing. And one of the symbols of the “old” GM that was idled leading up to General Motors’ 2009 bankruptcy will now be closed permanently, Automotive News reports. The Janesville, Wisconsin, plant, the former home of the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, and GMC Yukon fullsize SUVs, has been inactive since April 2009.
The last official vehicle off the Janesville assembly line was a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe. Janesville concurrently produced the GMT900 SUVs with the Arlington, Texas, plant until its closing. Arlington is now the sole source of GM’s fullsize body-on-frame SUVs, which include the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade.
GM’s plans to close Janesville permanently were revealed in contract details with the United Auto Workers (UAW) revealing the four-year plans between the trade union and the automaker. According to the agreement, Janesville is the only GM plant slated for permanent closure over the next four years. Since its founding in 1919, Janesville has produced tractors, artillery for World War II, Chevrolet and Oldsmobile cars, and the GMC Forward, a re-branded version of the popular Isuzu NPR cabover medium-duty truck. The plant built fullsize SUVs from the 1992 to 2009 model years.
Source: Automotive News