General Motors Corp. says it will temporarily close all or portions of 23 engine, transmission and parts factories across the U.S. for several weeks because vehicle-making plants also will be idled.
Spokeswoman Sharon Basel says it's all because of plans announced two weeks ago to shutter 13 assembly plants for up to 11 weeks to control growing inventory. GM is surviving on $15.4 billion in government loans and faces a June 1 deadline to restructure or go into bankruptcy protection.
The additional closures affect more than 18,000 hourly and salaried workers.
GM announced the assembly plant shutdowns on April 22 and told workers at the parts plants last week and this week.
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