Buyer Demand Keeps Most GM U.S. Plants Open During Traditional Summer Shutdown

-- July production to help reduce wait times for popular vehicles

Jun 17, 2010, 09:00 ET from General Motors

DETROIT, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Most General Motors' U.S. plants will forego traditional summer shutdowns to help meet buyer demand for popular Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac cars, crossovers, and trucks.

Nine of the 11 assembly plants will continue to operate during the traditional shutdown period from June 28 to July 9.  Most of GM's U.S. stamping and powertrain plants will also work to support assembly operations.  The decision is expected to generate up to 56,000 additional vehicles.

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

Historically, the summer shutdown was used by the automakers to complete the annual model changeover.  Over the last 20 years, the two-week shutdown evolved, allowing the domestic auto industry to support maintenance operations and enabling employees to use their vacation weeks without interrupting overall productivity.

New language in the UAW-GM national agreement allows the company to "flex" when down weeks will be taken.  In some circumstances, it will be possible to designate those weeks as mandatory vacation time.  In other circumstances, when no downtime is possible due to market demand, the plants can hire temporary employees to provide vacation coverage.  The temporary employees receive training in safety and quality to ensure they are capable of supporting production at a high level.

"We've added shifts to plants, run significant overtime, and optimized line speeds to get more products to our customers," said Diana Tremblay, GM vice president of Manufacturing and Labor.  "Our UAW-GM workforce has contributed to our ability to make these changes while continuing to meet our business targets."

Assembly plants working through the traditional summer shutdown are:  Arlington, TX;  Bowling Green, KY;  Detroit Hamtramck, MI;  Fairfax, KS;  Flint, MI;  Fort Wayne, IN;  Lansing Delta Township, MI; Lansing Grand River, MI; and Wentzville, MO.

About General Motors

General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.  With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 205,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries.  GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands:  Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, FAW, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling.  GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.  GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.  General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation.  More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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