No More Skys: Last Kappa Roadster Built this Morning, GM to Permanently Shutter Delaware Plant

2009 Saturn Sky

Andrew Eder from the Delaware News Journal: Today marks the last day of production at General Motors' Boxwood Road assembly plant. The 62-year-old factory near Newport was a victim of the automaker's restructuring that has claimed tens of thousands of jobs and will close or idle 14 plants in the next three years. GM said June 1 – the same day it filed for bankruptcy protection – that it would close the local plant by the end of July. Workers at Boxwood Road built the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky roadsters. Members of the Pontiac Solstice and Sky car clubs visited General Motors' Boxwood Road plant to pay their respects to the manufacturer that produced their beloved cars. The plant was expected to roll out the last Solstice on its line this morning, which marks the closing of the plant.

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Invitation Extended to Dealers

Saturn of Decatur

Today Saturn's 350 dealerships will receive a letter from corporate headquarters extending them an invitation to join the Penske Automotive Group. The letter will not contain a franchise agreement or any other legally binding contract. According to Saturn spokesman Steve Janisse "It's just an informational piece talking about the terms of the sale and offering them an opportunity to transition to this new owner." Janisse also told Automotive News that dealerships that decline the invitation will be transitioned into "termination mode."