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Hard times hit Janesville as GM plant winds down

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The last General Motors sport utility vehicle will roll off the assembly line in Janesville two days before Christmas, but the hard times caused by the plant's closing have already begun.

Business is down at least 20 percent at Prime Time Pizza, where two shifts of GM workers once ordered up to 40 pizzas a day.

The Just in Time for Kids Child Care Center, which catered to GM workers, is closing Dec. 31.

And the Fagan Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership is cutting back on advertising, inventory and workers. President Bob Clapper says sales have dropped from a high of 2,000 vehicles per year to 800 this year through October.

Clapper says GM "was the town," and everyone worked there or was related to someone who did.

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