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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.