The General Motors White Marsh plant in Maryland will close Saturday, May 4, according to Patch.com. Some 296 people will lose their jobs when White Marsh closes. It’s one of five North American favorites General Motors announced it wanted to idle as part of a massive restructuring.
Local politicians petitioned GM to keep the factory open, which builds transmissions for the highly-profitable Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickup trucks as well as the electric drive components for the Cadillac CT6 PHEV, which the automaker discontinued. However, GM didn’t waver in its decisions—as it’s done in countless other communities impacted by the various closures.
Both Baltimore County and GM said they’d officer job placement services to affected workers.
The future of the White Marsh plant, just like others GM is idling like the Lordstown plant, remains uncertain. Chesapeake Realty Partners has shown interest in the 65-acre property, but there are no definitive plans. In a December 60 Minutes interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric automaker could be interested in the property if GM has no plans to use it. Nothing has developed on that front.
A month after GM announced its decisions to close the White Marsh plant and others, Maryland state and federal lawmakers asked the automaker to return $115 million in federal, state and local aid. The politicians also asked GM to assist in finding a new tenant if the automaker goes through with its decisions to close the plant.
The United Auto Workers union filed a lawsuit last week in a last-ditch effort to keep three U.S. factories operating. The union alleges GM violated their 2015 contract agreement by idling plants earlier than agreed upon. GM says it didn’t breach the contract. One of the other facilities GM proposed to close is in Canada where Unifor, the local union, is fighting to keep the Oshawa factory open. The other facility GM was going to idle early was its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. However, GM extended production there until January 2020–beyond the current contract. There, workers will continue to build the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala.