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GENERAL MOTORS STATUS REPORT ON OPERATIONS AFFECTED BY RAIL STRIKE, FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 25

 GENERAL MOTORS STATUS REPORT ON OPERATIONS AFFECTED BY RAIL STRIKE,
 FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 25
 DETROIT, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The following GM assembly plants have curtailed operations as a result of the national interruption in rail service:
 -- GM's Fort Wayne, Ind., truck assembly plant: two shortened shifts Wednesday and Thursday, June 24-25, and will shut down Friday, June 26, due to parts shortages. The plant employs approximately 2,300 people on two shifts and builds Chevrolet and GMC full-size pick-up trucks.
 -- GM's North Tarrytown, N.Y., assembly plant: two shortened shifts Thursday, June 25, and will shut down Friday, June 26, due to parts shortages. The plant employs 3,000 people on two shifts and builds Chevrolet Lumina APV, Pontiac Transport APV and Oldsmobile Silhouette APV.
 -- GM's Wilmington, Del., assembly plant: two shortened shifts Thursday, June 25, due to a parts shortage. The plant employs 4,000 people on two shifts and builds the Chevrolet Corsica and Beretta.
 -- GM's Shreveport, La., assembly plant: worked two short shifts Thursday, June 25, and will shut down Friday, June 26, due to a parts shortage. The plant employs 2,300 people and builds the Chevrolet S-10 and GMC compact pick-up trucks.
 -- GM's Oklahoma City, Okla., assembly plant: shortened second shift Thursday, June 25, due to a parts shortage. The plant employs 5,300 people and builds the Buick Century and Oldsmobile Ciera car models.
 GM STATEMENT:
 GM is a major user of the railroad system throughout the country, so this interruption in rail service is having an adverse impact on our North American assembly and manufacturing operations. We are disappointed that the parties involved were unable to reach agreements. We urge Congress to act quickly to end the strike, to prevent harm to the nation's economy, the auto industry and its employes.
 The railroad transportation system is an integral part of GM's manufacturing, assembly and finished vehicle delivery processes. Under our just-in-time inventory system, material arrives at our facilities only a short time before it is needed. Therefore, this interruption in rail service to our facilities can have an immediate and significant impact on our operations.
 GM is making every effort to keep its operations running. Where possible, we are diverting some of our rail shipments to trucks. This is a costly alternative and cannot be sustained for an extended period as truck capacity becomes scarce.
 We estimate that the majority of our assembly plants will face serious production interruptions if the rail situation is not resolved quickly.
 -0- 6/25/92
 /CONTACT: Toni Simonetti of General Motors, 313-556-2035/
 (GM) CO: General Motors Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT TRN SU:


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