Plant three or the Metal Center is on GM's list of facilities to close. Art Baker, Chairman of UAW Local 652, found out about it just shortly before CEO Rick Wagoner made the announcement Monday morning. Baker says he is shocked especially since the Metal Center has been cited as one of GM's best in quality and cost cutting measures when it comes to metal fabrication.
Ken Rice, longtime Metal Center employee, says he thought the plant could be closing but not until 2008. Rice feels GM went back on its word.
Roughly 1,200 people are employed at the Metal Center. Employees make metal vehicle parts and ship to six assembly plants around the country as well as one in Canada.