GM adds a month to Spring Hill holiday slowdown

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) -- As part of a larger General Motors Corp. production slowdown, a GM spokeswoman at Spring Hill says the plant will extend its down time for the holidays by more than a month due to market conditions.

Plant spokeswoman Kate Neary said Friday the holiday begins Dec. 24 for GM's 3,481 employees at Spring Hill. She said production at the plant that makes the new Chevrolet Traverse had been set to resume Jan. 5. Now that date's been moved to Feb. 9.

Neary said about two-thirds of employees are involved in production.

GM is temporarily closing 20 factories to cut first-quarter production.

At Nissan's plant in Smyrna, production shutdowns will idle workers Dec. 19, 22 and 23 before the Dec. 24-Jan. 2 Christmas break. Spokesman Steve Parrett said production lines will also be down Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 for equipment changes.

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