General Motors Laying Off a Shift at Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant

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The American giant’s Lansing facility is not doing that great these days. Its workers are currently assembling the Cadillac ATS, CTS, while the sixth-gen 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be made here sometime next year. However, a way too low demand for previously mentioned Cadillac models made the GM bigwigs lay off approximately 350 workers.
That may sound a bit too extreme at first glance, but General Motors explains that it’s the only way to protect itself from too many cars sitting in dealership inventory. Excess production is a big problem, but General Motors just can’t afford to make such a compromise. Why so you're asking?

Because the piggy bank is getting poorer by the moment due to recall saga that is currently totaling 30+ million vehicles. To boot, Cadillac dealers have been having problems moving inventory, with the most notorious case involving the woefully low demand for the ELR eco-friendly luxury coupe.

Dropping one of the Lansing’s shifts will leave the workforce tally at 1,075 people or so according to estimates. To boot, the assembly line will work at full throttle, so there’ll be more work for the remaining workers. According to a report published by AutomotiveNews, Stateside dealers had a 151-day supply of ATS cars and a 113-day supply of CTS vehicles on November 1st, which is worrying to say the least.

So when will things go back to normal? A General Motors official told the previously mentioned publication that the momentarily suspended shift is probably going to resume activity by the time the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will start assembly at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant. As for timing, that might happen as soon as late 2015 if all goes well with research & development of the new pony car.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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