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Mitsubishi to idle Illinois plant for seven weeks

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Mitsubishi set to idle Illinois plant for seven weeks

Dec 10th 2008 at 8:01AM

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Slumping sales have pushed Mitsubishi to schedule a production stoppage at their Normal, Illinois plant early next year for a period lasting more than 40 days. The facility, employing 1,568 workers, manufacturers both the Galant and Eclipse. When the assembly line lights go dark between February 16 and April 3, it will signify the longest halt of production since the facility began operation in 1988. The news obviously isn't good, but it thankfully doesn't carry any immediate word about layoffs. According to Mitsubishi, all employees will remain on payroll during the shutdown and be shifted to other non-production jobs, including maintenance and training.

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Mitsu should just provide their cars to Chrysler/Dodge and give up selling under their own name.

Galant replaces Sebring, Lancer give them a small car, and some smaller SUV's. Mopar can keep minivans, trucks. win win

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