GM Skipping Summer Shutdown This Year

General Motors announced that most of its U.S. plants will skip the traditional summer shutdowns this year, in order to help meet buyer demand for the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, crossovers and trucks.

Nine of the company's eleven assembly plants will continue to operate during the traditional shutdown period, which runs from June 28 to July 9. This will also require that most of GM’s U.S. stamping and powertrain sites will also be running to support assembly operations. The exclusion of the 2010 summer shutdown 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.

The summer shutdown has been used by automotive producers to perform the annual model changeover. Over the last twenty years, the two-week shutdown has changed its form, allowing the domestic auto industry to support maintenance operations and offering employees the possibility to enjoy their vacations without interrupting overall productivity.

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.
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