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GM decision threatens one in twenty St. Lawrence County jobs

Reaction to GM's announcement trickled in through the afternoon on Monday, as people in Massena tried to digest the news. Local officials and economic development leaders warned the community to brace for a difficult transition. North Country assemblyman Darry Aubertine, a Democrat, called GM's decision "irresponsible." Congressman John McHugh described the announcement as "a heartbreaking development for the workers and the entire community." McHugh accused GM of "rejecting input from government officials" and "showling little desire to work out a mutually beneficial solution." Karen St. Hilaire is executive director of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. She says roughly one in twenty jobs in the county have been put at risk. St. Lawrence County's tax base will also take a huge hit.  Go to full article
Downtown Massena
Downtown Massena

Hydropower key to Massena recovery

The sharpest pain from closure of the General Motors Powertrain plant will be felt in its home community, Massena, an industrial town on the St. Lawrence River. General Motors has been a fixture and a driving economic force there for five decades. Town Supervisor Gary Edwards said his community was reeling, but would recover. Edwards says the first step toward a come-back will be locking up the 15 megawatts of low-cost local hydropower now being used by GM. He told Jonathan Brown that keeping that cheap electricity in the North Country will be a struggle.  Go to full article

Dread mixes with hope after GM announcement

Jonathan Brown spent Monday in Massena, talking with the people who will bear the brunt of this news. He spoke with Jim Heidi, a GM retiree, along with Darren Temper, an auto mechanic at Sears, and Cindy Hurlbaugh, who owns a flower shop in Massena, Rob Higgins, a school teacher, Joel Ogner, who works for the New York Power Authority, and Mike Viscovich, who works at a car dealership.  Go to full article
GM's Power Train plant in Massena
GM's Power Train plant in Massena

GM's Massena factory to close at end of 2008, roughly 500 jobs lost

General Motors today confirmed rumors that their drive train manufacturing plant in Massena will be mothballed at the end of 2008. The news represents a devastating blow to the regional economy. Brian Mann spoke mid-day on Monday with GM spokeswoman Sharon Basel.  Go to full article

Lawmakers' efforts failed to stop plant closing

GM confirmed this morning that General Motors will shutter its Powertrain facility in Massena at the end of 2008. The move came despite efforts by lawmakers to delay the decision. A spokesman for Rep. John McHugh described the development as "disappointing." "This is not good news for the community," said spokesman Matt Lavoie. "The congressman will fight for the people, the town, and the workers in any way he can," he added. Martha Foley spoke with Brian Mann about the last-minute effort by lawmakers to save hundreds of jobs.  Go to full article

Massena to state: keep power here

More than 150 North Country leaders and residents had an urgent message for a state task force Friday in Massena. They said selling cheap power downstate would crush the region's future. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Auto assembly plant goes green

A new assembly plant from one of Detroit's Big Three car companies is getting attention for its "green" qualities. Big Three automakers may not rank at the top of most environmentalists' list for companies of the year. But some say the new auto plant is a sign that environmentally-sensitive manufacturing has finally gone main-stream. It's not just because building green plants is the right thing to do. Really, it comes down to a different kind of green. The Environment Report's Dustin Dwyer has the story.  Go to full article

GM Massena Fights For Work, 180 Jobs

Union leaders from Massena's General Motors plant were at a United Auto Workers conference in Washington last week. While they were there, they lobbied lawmakers for help saving about a third of the plant's production line. As David Sommerstein reports, they're fighting worldwide competition to keep making a part that employs almost 180 people.  Go to full article

Mohawks Sue Alcoa, GM Over Health Problems

Akwesasne Mohawks who live on the reservation near Massena filed a class action lawsuit against Alcoa and General Motors Wednesday. The suit alleges toxic chemicals the companies dumped in St. Lawrence River decades ago have caused a myriad of health problems for thousands of people. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

GM Massena Spared in Cuts

The General Motors plant in Massena won't be affected by the company's plans to slash 30,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada. GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said this morning the cuts were needed to make the company more competitive. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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