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GM LAYING OFF 1,000 WORKERS AT NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY PLANT

General Motors Corp. will lay off most of the more than 1,000 workers at its Linden, N.J., assembly plant early next year, months ahead of its original plans to stop making two vehicles there, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

GM is in the process of notifying employees and union officials about the planned layoffs, which is required under federal law, said spokesman Dan Flores.

The company had initially planned to end production on the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy next summer due to slowing sales of the two sport-utility vehicles. The Linden plant has assembled the two vehicles since 1995.