The Court Won't Let Gm Close Willow Run

General Motors hit a pothole on the way to closing a Michigan factory. A Washtenaw County judge ruled on Feb. 9 that GM was bound by promises to keep its Willow Run assembly plant open, in return for $13.5 million in local tax abatements granted during the 1980s. The plant, which employs 2,500 and builds large rear-wheel-drive cars, was scheduled to close this summer. GM has put the closing--and a planned consolidation of big-car production at its Arlington (Tex.) factory--on hold while it prepares an appeal.

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