General Motors announced Wednesday Shreveport’s assembly and stamping plants will close by 2012,
but could shut down sooner depending on market demand.
The automaker told KTAL the closure comes after years of losses and is part of GM’s effort to create a stronger company.
The decision affects 1,400 employees.
Shreveport’s GM plant remains on summer shutdown until mid August. The company is notifying employees by phone. The plant will hold private meetings this week for the employees to discuss the closure.
GM says it’s uncertain how long Shreveport will manufacture the Hummer brand, which depends on its sale.
The automaker says it will discontinue the Chevy Colorado and Canyon by 2012.