GM plant closures
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | 12:08 PM ET
General Motors' decision to close four manufacturing plants, including GM's pickup truck plant in Oshawa which will leave 2,600 employees out of work, has come under fire by workers and union leaders. Read the full story here.
GM CEO Rick Wagoner said Tuesday that higher gasoline prices are rapidly changing the auto industry sales mix, as consumers shift away from large trucks and SUVs. Wagoner claims shifting consumer demand has ultimately led to the plant closures.
David Paterson is Vice President of Corporate and Environmental Affairs, and a member of the Board of Directors for General Motors of Canada Limited. He is responsible for GMCL’s government, media and community relations, employee communications and environmental performance. According to him, "it doesn't make sense to have a plant producing vehicles that nobody is going to be buying."
David Paterson took your questions on GM's decision to close Oshawa's plant and the reality of shifting consumer demands.
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