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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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As GM prepares IPO, Spotsylvania plant winds down

As the financial media focus on General Motors’ initial stock offering this week, work is winding down at the GM Powertain plant in Spotsylvania County. A worker there said the plant is no longer operational, and that the workforce is down to fewer than 10 people. Those who remain are cleaning up the plant and shipping out machinery. For 31 years GM workers made torque-converter clutches for automatic transmissions at the 289,000-square-foot plant off Tidewater Trail. At its peak in the early 1990s, the plant employed about 280 hourly workers and operated in three shifts around the clock. Now it will be turned over to Motors Liquidation Co. It remains unclear what that company will do with the plant. Click here for the last article we did on the plant.

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  • LarryG

    did the jobs go overseas or did GM no longer need the clutches?

    is there any kind of a lesson-learned in terms of how manufacturing jobs are lost these days – in communities like ours?

  • Bill Freehling

    GM no longer needed the clutches.