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GM Plant in New York Braces for Closing

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

From North Country Public Radio, Brian Mann reports.

BRIAN MANN: Tuesday morning, Tony Arquette(ph), the local United Auto Worker chief in Massena, New York, came home exhausted after all-night sessions with his members.

TONY ARCUETTE: We've done informational meetings on all three shifts, concluded last evening with third shift.

MANN: Cindy Hurlba(ph), who owns a flower shop in Massena, says earlier downsizings have already taken a toll.

CINDY HURLBA: Driving down our main street now, there's already a lot of closed buildings. There's already a lot of businesses that have had to make the unfortunate choice to close. It's going to be bad.

MANN: Gary Edwards, the town supervisor, says attracting new industry will be tough, despite a ready supply of cheap electricity from the nearby hydro dam.

GARY EDWARDS: They've no four lane highway. We're up in the woods. It's always 57 degrees below zero when it snows up there, 13 and a half months out the year.

MANN: For NPR News, I'm Brian Mann. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Brian Mann
Brian Mann is NPR's first national addiction correspondent. He also covers breaking news in the U.S. and around the world.