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Additional Production Added At Three GM Plants

Additional Production Added At Three GM Plants

The General Motors Company announced today that they intend on adding third shifts at three of their assembly plants in order to meet increased production needs. GM publicly stated that it was their intent to run assembly plants on capacity utilization schedules running three shifts. This would capacitize the assembly plants so that they could run efficiently, much like the lessons that were learned during Saturn’s Phase 1 study conducted in 1984-1985. The idea is to get as many cars and trucks out of the fixed assets that are contained in each plant which lowers the per unit cost of each vehicle.

The three plants that will be adding capacity are the Lansing Delta Township Plant, as a result of the Traverse moving there, the Fort Wayne Truck Plant which makes the GMT 900 Pickup and the Fairfax Kansas Plant which will launch the Buick Lacrosse in addition to the Saturn Aura and the Chevrolet Malibu.

These announcements in all likelihood will create opportunities for Spring Hill Team Members who have a desire to transfer to other locations. It is projected that today’s announcements will create another 2400 assembly jobs and up to 600 component manufacturing jobs when the hiring is completed.

As I have previously stated, I have applied for Paragraph 96 Moves on behalf of our members, which will allow our members to follow their work. These discussions are underway in Detroit and I expect that there will be opportunities for our members who would like to have the opportunity to work at the Lansing Delta Township plant to build the Traverse in Michigan. I will send out a notification email to all of our members immediately upon being contacted by the International UAW or the Company pursuant to these opportunities. The final decision pursuant to the number of jobs will not be made until closer to the Traverse build-out according to International UAW officials that I had discussions with today.

In closing, I would suggest that if you have an interest in working in one of the plants adding a third shift, that you apply by using the National Transfer Process. 1-800-NAT-HIRE.


Many team members have expressed an interest to stay in Spring Hill while we pursue new work, and others have stated that they would like to work at one of these other facilities for the time being. Everyone will have to make up their own mind and determine the best plan for their families. Thanks for your support and I look forward to communicating Breaking News and Chairman’s Reports on this website for our members!

In Solidarity,

Mike Herron

Chairman Local 1853

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