|GM Workers Talk About 3rd Shift
Posted: Sep 22, 2009 04:51 PM CDT
General Motors says it’s hiring hundreds more workers for full production at its Delta Township plant. It’s big news for the big three automaker and for mid-Michigan. GM announcing that it’s adding a third shift to its Delta plant. The new midnight shift will create some eight hundred new jobs. Workers will start building the Chevy Traverse at Delta in January, and along with the Buick Enclave, they’ll be cranking out both vehicles round the clock by April. Plant Manager Randy Thayer says it’s part of GM’s plan to get more vehicles back on dealer lots.
Randy Thayer, Delta Township Plant Manager: "Part of the strategy coming out of bankruptcy was to get our capacity to beat demand, so that in the end our hopes are that all of our plants will be running three shifts, which will increase the capacity and utilization of plants and reduce our overall costs."
Workers we talked to are very excited. We were able to catch up with a few of them after their shift change. They say the news it’s a good sign GM is turning in the right direction. The additional shift will create 800 jobs. GM says workers who currently make the Traverse in Spring Hill, Tennessee will have first shot at the new jobs in Lansing. The Tennessee plant is slated to close in a matter of months. Workers at the Delta Township plant say they’re ready and they welcome the additional workforce.
Brett Brown, Delta plant worker: "I think that it’s really good that we are getting people up here, putting people to work in Michigan. I think it’s good for Lansing. I’m excited to have it."
Jan Delacruz, Delta plant worker: "Everybody that knows GM knows that we are an excellent company. We build good products and we are very capable. Since we have the capability to do it, why not?"
The plant manager says all laid off union workers from Local 602 have already returned to work. He says this additional shift will bring back 150 union workers from Local 652. Once the new shift is up and running, all of the union workers in Lansing will be back on the job.
Congressman Mark Schauer joined the chorus of good news regarding the extra shift. In a statement he says, "the addition of a third shift at the Delta plant is a clear testament to the popularity of these world-class vehicles." He also said, "while the auto industry still has a long way to go to get back on its feet, I’m committed to making sure that Lansing-area workers will be a part of gm’s future for years to come."