General Motors plans to close its Butler County service and parts operations facility on Meridian Way in West Chester Twp. Although GM will close that location, the company will have a continued presence in West Chester at 8752 Jacquemin Drive, Southwest Ohio’s only production facility solely owned by GM. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF
Photo: Eric Schwartzberg
Photo: Eric Schwartzberg

GM plans to shut down West Chester center, lay off 101 employees

The company filed a notice Monday with the state of Ohio about its plans for the facility, which is set to close May 31.

The layoff will affect 101 hourly and salaried employees of the CCA West Chester Processing Center. Of those employees, approximately 94 are represented by the U.A.W. International Union and United Auto Workers Local Union 696, the union which represents hourly workers at the facility.

Last November, U.A.W. Local 696 President Brian Martin told this news outlet that GM was shutting down the West Chester processing facility by September of this year and moving workers to Burton, Michigan.

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General Motors first invested in West Chester in 2000 when the company constructed a 384,000 square foot building at 8752 Jacquemin Drive. For this investment, General Motors received an enterprise zone agreement, which has since expired, according to township officials.

In 2008, General Motors leased additional, separate space at 9287 Meridian Way in West Chester to conduct a completely different aspect of their operations.

GM will have a continued presence in West Chester at 8752 Jacquemin Drive, southwest Ohio’s only GM production facility.

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News broke Oct. 31 that GM will offer some 18,000 North American salaried workers buy-outs. Layoffs appeared to be possible if the company did not see enough buy-out participants.

GM is also a co-owner in the DMAX diesel truck engine plant in Moraine, a plant which has about 800 workers. GM owns 60 percent and Isuzu Diesel Services of America, Inc. owns 40 percent of the DMAX Joint Venture.

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