GM adding 100 jobs at Warren plant

April 5, 2010

GM adding 100 jobs at Warren plant

The Detroit News

Detroit — General Motors Co. is adding 100 workers at its Warren transmission plant to meet demand for several vehicles.

The jobs will be filled by laid-off United Auto Workers members and is the latest production move by GM amid an improved vehicle sales market.

The plant produces four-speed and six-speed Hydra-Matic transmissions for the Chevrolet Equinox, Traverse, Malibu and Impala, Buick LaCrosse, Enclave and Lucerne, and GMC Acadia and Terrain.

The Warren plant employs about 660 hourly and 120 salaried employees.

GM sales increased 22 percent last month even though it dialed back its incentives.

GM’s overall sales lagged its major rivals, but each of its four core brands — Cadillac, GMC, Buick and Chevrolet — recorded gains of more than 40 percent. Top sellers included the new Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac’s SRX crossover and the Chevy Equinox.

GM is making progress boosting production of key launch vehicles and full-size sport utilities.

The automaker is adding overtime in May and June to produce the Chevrolet Camaro, and a third shift this week at the Delta Township plant near Lansing for the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. GM also is adding a third shift next month at its plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., to produce more Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.

GM also will join a growing list of automakers adding brake-override systems to new vehicles as Congress and federal regulators mull mandating the safeguard for all automakers.

The decision, announced today, comes as automakers move to adopt the safeguard in light of a recall of 8.5 million Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles worldwide over sudden acceleration concerns. Toyota said it would add brake-shift override systems to all vehicles by next year and on most models by the end of this year.

And last week, Mazda Motor Corp. said it will add the systems to all of its new vehicles by the end of next year. Nissan Motor Co. and Infiniti vehicles already come equipped with an override system, spokesman Brian Brockman said.

GM’s global rollout of the brake override system won’t be completed until the end of 2012, but it will be implemented on all GM vehicles with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control. GM’s system involves modifying electronic controls to reduce power to the engine when a motorist inadvertently depresses the brake and accelerator.

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