Tuesday, August 28th, GM ended production of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize trucks at the Shreveport Assembly Plant, Louisiana.
During the 30-year life, the Shreveport Assembly Plant produced over 4.5 million vehicles. The last vehicle manufactured here was a white Colorado, which rolled off the assembly line Tuesday. About 10 years ago GM invested $1.2 billion in this plant which was eyed to be closed since 2009, part of the automaker’s bankruptcy.
“There will be a gap between the build-out of the current Colorado and the introduction of the new Colorado built at Wentzville (Mo.),” said GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson. “We have encouraged dealers to add additional vehicles to inventory.”
In July sales of the Colorado and Canyon were up 32.5% and 14.2%, due to consumers who turned their attention to these two models after GM stopped production of the Ranger pickup and Chrysler ceased manufacturing the Ram Dakota. At the beginning, the Shreveport facility had 2,500 employees and manufactured GM’s first Chevrolet S-10 pickup, the Hummer H3 and the Chevy Blazer SUV. Yesterday, the plant ended production with 800 hourly and salaried employees.
“A lot hate to see it closing…,” said Jeff Hall, UAW Local 2166 shop chair. “They were hoping that the news would change.”