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Close connection

The strike at American Axle and Manufacturing is a reminder of just how closely connected the company remains with General Motors.

American Axle was created from former General Motors facilities in 1994. Fourteen years later, GM still accounts for about 80 percent of its business. Meanwhile, GM is idling all or part of a growing number of its factories as they feel the ripple effect from the strike, which began Feb. 26.

GM still has a large supply of vehicles it is trying to sell off. But as that supply runs out and disruptions to GM's production continue, some analysts are wondering if GM could be the one to help bring about a settlement.

-- Matt Glynn

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