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Autoworkers in Janesville hoping to build small cars

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Automakers in Janesville are hoping to persuade General Motors to bring small car production to their plant.

  GM announced today it won't keep the Janesville plant open until 2010 as it had planned, but will close it by Christmas.

  United Autoworkers Local 95 issued a statement today, saying the closure was expected and that union members will do everything possible to try to continue production in Janesville.

  The plant is GM's oldest, built in 1919.

  The closure will affect about 1,200 workers.

  About 40 workers will stay through May or June to finish work on a light truck line.

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