General Motors has decided to fire a total of 2, 084 workers in Michigan and Ohio in January due to dwindling sales of traditional cars, with buyers reoriented towards light trucks and crossovers.
Besides the newly terminated positions, the automaker has also announced it aims to invest more than $900 million in upgrades at the manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana that will cater for the assembly of new vehicles. GM has decided to terminate the third shift at its Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan on January 16 – the facility is responsible for the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac ATS and CTS and will affect 810 hourly employees and 29 salaried workers. The same will happen at the Lordstown, Ohio, factory on January 23 – where 1,202 hourly workers and 43 people with salaried positions will lose their jobs – the assembly facility is responsible for the Chevrolet Cruze sedan build.
Meanwhile the investments include $667.6 million for the Toledo Transmission Operations factory in Ohio, $211 million Lansing Grand River plant and $37 million for the Bedford Casting Operations facility in Indiana – GM adding the funds will allow 784 people to keep their jobs. The US market is starting to reach its tip throughout 2017 – total sales of the company dwindled 3.6 percent after the first ten months, with a one percent hike when discussing retail sales alone.