GM to idle Lansing Grand River plant Shutdown will last one week

November 23, 2009

GM to idle Lansing Grand River plant

Shutdown will last one week

Kevin Polzin
Lansing State Journal

General Motors Co. said today it will idle the Lansing Grand River assembly plant next week.

The move will put about 1,000 workers on a layoff that starts Nov. 30. Workers will be back on the job Dec. 7, GM spokeswoman Heidi Magyar said.

Magyar said the temporary shutdown comes as the Detroit automaker adjusts its inventory levels to meet demand. The Lansing Grand River plant makes the Cadillac CTS sedan, CTS sport wagon and the STS sedan.

Automotive News reported earlier this month that GM had a 103-day supply of CTSes as of Nov. 1, up from a 63-day supply as of Oct. 1. The STS inventory was at 112 days, up from 96 days Oct. 1. Industry analysts typically peg the ideal supply at 60 days, though GM has said before it disagrees with that standard.

The CTS sport wagon, which Magyar said recently received a design award from the Society of Plastic Engineers for its exterior spoiler, is included in the general CTS data for sales reporting purposes.

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