GM jobs became family tradition for many workers

MORAINE, Ohio (AP) - The closing of General Motors' last local plant is not just a business story. It's a family story.

More than 1,000 families will be affected by the Dayton-area plant's closure Dec. 23, whether workers have relatives working with them or not.

A year ago, the plant had about 2,500 employees. Just more than a 1,000 remain.

Having retired only in the last few weeks, Jim Marlow, 57, was hired by the then-Frigidaire plant in June 1972. Times were different.

On the same day that year, he was called to interviews with the U.S. Postal Service, NCR and Frigidaire. His son, Jeff, 39, worked at what today is GM's Stroop Road plant from March 1993 to June 2008. And his grandson, Justin, 19, worked there in the summers of 2007 and 2008.

Source: Associated Press