Most GM plants to stay

Posted: June 18, 2010

Most GM plants to stay
open all summer

BY TIM HIGGINS
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Most General Motors U.S. assembly plants won’t
close for the traditional summer shutdown, the a
utomaker announced Thursday.

The Detroit-based automaker needs to keep nine
of its 11 assembly plants open to meet customer
demand for cars and
trucks.

"This move will help buyers waiting for high-
demand products such as the
Buick LaCrosse,
Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia," Mark
Reuss, GM North America president, said in a
statement. "Our manufacturing teams are taking
creative approaches to increase production and
reduce the wait times for our dealers and
customers."

The two-week summer shutdown has
traditionally been when the manufacturer does
work for the annual model changeover.

GM’s plants in Shreveport, La., which builds the
Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and the
last of the discontinued Hummers, and
Lordstown, Ohio, where workers will build the
 
new Chevrolet
Cruze, will take a summer
shutdown, according to Kimberly Carpenter, a
GM spokeswoman.

"Thanks to continuous improvement, equipment
flexibility and lots of planning and coordination,
we can now do most changeovers with minimal
line stoppage," she said.

In some cases, GM said, temporary workers can
be hired so workers can take vacations.

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