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General Motors Will Postpone Closing Norton Warehouse

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General Motors now says it will keep its parts distribution center in Norton open for at least another 14 months.

The auto giant had planned to close the plant by the end of the year as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan.

Congressman Barney Frank says he spoke with General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson, who agreed to keep the plant open for now.

About 80 people work at the Norton plant, and they're hailing the decision.

Mark Ridenour, chairman of the United Auto Workers Union Local 422, said workers are excited about the extra time, even though GM does ultimately plan to close the warehouse.

"In 14 months a lot can happen," he said. "Look at how fast the economy went down. Hopefully they're going to do things different and we can start selling cars again and get everything moving so we CAN stay open."

This program aired on June 4, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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