Just days after the news that the second production shift would be eliminated at the Hamtramck assembly plant, comes word of more cuts. The second shift at the Pontiac MI truck plant will be dropped in May 2008. The plant currently builds 45 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups per hour on two shifts. GM has not said what the production rate will be on a single shift or how many people would be laid off. Sales of big pickups have declined as casual customers have shifted to smaller vehicles and crossovers due to high fuel prices. The decline of the housing market has also hit pickup sales as construction starts have fallen.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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