GM Plant in Janesville to Be Idle for Seventh Week

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Sluggish sales of its SUVs has caused the shutdown.

The automaker told the plant's nearly 4,000 workers Thursday that the plant will not produce Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes or GMC Yukons the week of March 14.

Last year, sales of those models fell. Suburban sales dropped nearly 12 percent.

Last week, GM chief executive Rick Wagoner said high gas prices are probably hurting sales of the big trucks.

The laid-off workers will receive 95 percent of their usual take-home pay when unemployment insurance and supplemental pay are combined.