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GM SELECTS WENTZVILLE PLANT TO PRODUCE NEXT GENERATION FULL-SIZE VAN

 WENTZVILLE, Mo., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees at General Motors' (NYSE: GM) Wentzville Assembly Center have a new outlook on their future as officials announced, today, that the Wentzville plant has been chosen as the location to produce the next generation full-size van for GM's North American Truck Platforms (NATP).
 "We are excited about this future van program and the leading edge we believe it will have over its competitors in the truck market," said Guy D. Briggs, GM vice president and group director of operations for NATP. "In order to be the industry leader, we set some very aggressive targets to achieve total customer satisfaction. Over the past few months, working with the Wentzville team and recognizing the high quality levels they've already achieved, we
developed a solid business case to support the program. We now have the green light to move forward with the plan and I'm very proud to have the Wentzville team and UAW Local 2250 join our truck family.
 "Consumers are telling us they want more trucks. GM truck sales, which have been increasing steadily all year, were up a whopping 26 percent in the first 10 days of June. Twenty years ago one out of every six GM vehicles sold in the United States was a truck, and currently one out of every three vehicles sold is a truck," Briggs added.
 The Wentzville Assembly Center currently produces the Buick Park Avenue and as previously announced that production will be consolidated at the Cadillac Luxury Car Division Buick City Assembly Center in Flint,
Mich., in late fall 1993. Renovation and re-tooling of the Wentzville plant for van production will begin at that time. Pilot production of the new van is
slated for late spring of 1995. It is estimated the plant will employ approximately 2,400 employees when at full van production on two shifts in late 1995.
 "This is a great day for the work force at the Wentzville Assembly Center and for the community," said Michael H. Camp, manager of the assembly center. "Being selected as the location to produce the next generation full-size van is an honor and it recognizes the capabilities of this work force to produce a quality vehicle.
 "We are proud to become a member of GM's North American Truck Platforms and to continue our role as a major economic player in this community," he added. Management responsibility for Wentzville Assembly Center will be transferred from the Cadillac Luxury Car Division to North American Truck Platforms in January 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Linda J. Cook or Mary J. Roberts of GM North American Truck Platforms, (in Wentzville), 314-327-2147/
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