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Lagging Auto Sales Prompt Temporary Plant Shutdowns

Bowling Green's Corvette plant is shut down for six weeks starting today.The facility is idle because of the vehicle's lagging sales, which are down by 50-percent from last year.The Corvette plant has about 600 employees, it's smallest workforce ever.Local United Auto Workers President Eldon Renaud says there's a lot of uneasiness about the plant's future."You wonder how long they'll operate building a little niche market like that in one facility, Renaud said last week.The plant is also ceasing production of the Cadillac X-LR as part of General Motors' restructuring plan.Meanwhile, Louisville's two Ford plants are idle this week, also in response to slow sales. The one-week shutdown was scheduled to coincide with Jefferson County Public Schools' spring break.(Thanks to Lisa Autry, WKYU-Bowling Green/Kentucky Public Radio)

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.