This week GM has idled production at four of its US plants.
Louis Rocha, vice president of UAW Local 5960, confirmed yesterday, December 19th, that the Orion Assembly Center in Lake Orion is not manufacturing a single vehicle this week in order to reduce inventory levels. The automaker’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, where GM manufactures the Chevrolet Volt among other vehicles, is also idling production this week.
Employees at the Orion Assembly Center, where the automaker builds the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic and small Buick Verano, will return to work on January 2nd. GM officials refused to give information regarding the Orion or Detroit-Hamtramck downtime.
“We don’t discuss scheduling issues,” said Orion Assembly plant spokesman Kevin Nadrowski. “We build what the market demand is.”
The Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio, where it is built the Chevy Cruze, and the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan., where the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse are manufactured, are also down this week, until early January. Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of U.S. sales operations,said that this move was necessary as GM’s inventory target for this year of 660,000-670,000 vehicles was in jeopardy. By the end of November, the total inventory increased by 49,000 units to 788,194 vehicles.