Workers return to finish SUVs stranded on assembly line

Thursday, May 29th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Almost 900 General Motors employees returned to work this week to finish hundreds of vehicles left stranded on the assembly line when a tornado hit the plant.

More than 1,000 workers rushed into shelter before a tornado slammed into the plant May 8th, knocking out its power station and peeling the roof and siding off its paint shop.

Hundreds of sport utility vehicles in the paint shop and awaiting pickup for dealerships were damaged. But vehicles in the general assembly area were not touched by the twister.

GM says it won't take much more than a day for workers to finish the vehicles on the assembly line. The workers were called back for the week and spent the first two days checking equipment and cleaning up the work area.

GM officials say they hope to recall employees back to work for good on June 30th.