GM collapses into government's arms

The Wall Street Journal
June 2, 2009
AUTO : FINANCE, BUSINESS

General Motors Corp. became the second-largest industrial bankruptcy in history Monday as it filed its landmark case, with President Barack Obama predicting the humbled corporate titan will emerge from Chapter 11 "a stronger and more competitive" company within months.

GM's bankruptcy caps a frenetic few months in which the Obama administration scrambled to salvage GM as well as Chrysler LLC, the country's first- and third-largest car makers, at a cost to taxpayers of over $62 billion.

GM officials portrayed the bankruptcy -- No. 2 in asset size among industrial concerns to WorldCom's filing in 2002 -- as an unprecedented opportunity to reverse decades of decline. GM said it would close 17 factories and parts centers and lop off 20,000 more jobs by the end of 2011 in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and other states, according to a June 2 article in The Wall Street Journal.

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