GM announced it will idle production at its Lansing Grand River plant beginning with next week.
According to GM it will temporarily stop production at the Lansing Grand River plant because of the traditional holiday downtime, but also for training and maintenance. Therefore, the assembly plant which manufactured the Cadillac CTS coupes, wagons and sedans, as well as the ATS small car, will be closed from Monday, December 24th until January 14th, according to Mike Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 652.
Green added that some team leaders and employees will continue their work for line maintenance and training. Demand for the CTS has decreased over the past months, the automaker reporting a fall of 12.1%this year through November. Erin Davis, a Lansing-based GM spokeswoman, said that the automaker will not comment the production schedule for competitive reasons.
GM will temporarily close assembly lines for changeover and to meet production with the decreasing demand. Green only said that the shutdown is a measure to “stay ahead of the curve” as the company plans to launch in 2013 a retooled CTS. Recently GM also announced the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro will also be manufactured in Lansing, Michigan instead of Oshawa, Ontario.
“Production of the current generation Chevrolet Camaro will continue on the flexible manufacturing line at Oshawa Assembly until the end of the current product lifecycle”, said GM.