• Jun 18th 2010 at 5:26PM
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The Detroit auto industry's annual summer shutdown is a tradition that goes back many decades, but this year, General Motors is taking a pass. It comes from a time when the new model year started in September for every car and they all debuted simultaneously, usually in dealer showrooms. The shutdown was the two week period in the summer during which all the plants installed updated tooling for the new models.

In more recent times, the practice has persisted as a time to do maintenance and other work that might interfere with production – even if it hasn't coincided with the launch of a new model. This year, however, GM's inventories on many models are running so low that nine of the automaker's 11 assembly plants will keep producing vehicles during the designated shutdown period. Among the plants that will stay open are the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that builds the Cadillac DTS, the Delta Township plant builds the Lambda crossovers and the Chevrolet Corvette plant in Bowling Green, KY. Full press release after the jump.

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Buyer Demand Keeps Most GM U.S. Plants Running During Summer Shutdown


* July production to help reduce wait times for popular vehicles

DETROIT - Most General Motors U.S. plants will forego traditional summer shutdowns to help meet buyer demand for popular Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac cars, crossovers, and trucks.

Nine of the 11 assembly plants will continue to operate during the traditional shut-down period from June 28 to July 9. Most of GM's U.S. stamping and powertrain plants will also work to support assembly operations. The decision is expected to generate up to 56,000 additional vehicles.

"This move will help buyers waiting for high-demand products such as the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "Our manufacturing teams are taking creative approaches to increase production and reduce the wait times for our dealers and customers."

Historically, the summer shut-down was used by the automakers to complete the annual model changeover. Over the last 20 years, the two-week shut-down evolved, allowing the domestic auto industry to support maintenance operations and enabling employees to use their vacation weeks without interrupting overall productivity.

New language in the UAW-GM national agreement allows the company to "flex" when down weeks will be taken. In some circumstances, it will be possible to designate those weeks as mandatory vacation time. In other circumstances, when no downtime is possible due to market demand, the plants can hire temporary employees to provide vacation coverage. The temporary employees receive training in safety and quality to ensure they are capable of supporting production at a high level.

"We've added shifts to plants, run significant overtime, and optimized line speeds to get more products to our customers," said Diana Tremblay, GM vice president of Manufacturing and Labor. "Our UAW-GM workforce has contributed to our ability to make these changes while continuing to meet our business targets."


Assembly plants working through the traditional summer shut-down are: Arlington, TX; Bowling Green, KY; Detroit Hamtramck, MI; Fairfax, KS; Flint, MI; Fort Wayne, IN; Lansing Delta Township, MI; Lansing Grand River, MI; and Wentzville, MO.


About General Motors: General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 205,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, FAW, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If you think " the old GM was fine", *you're* the "frickin' idiot".
      I've owned a bunch of GM products too. I've also owned a couple of Asian imports. The GM cars have consistently required more maintenance and more repairs than my Corolla or Accord. And the experiences of hundreds of thousands of other Americans is the same.
      GM went bankrupt because it got into a habit of building inferior product and depending on xenophobic morons like you to put up with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh yea, cars with "costly repairs" tend to not last very long. See Dodge Intrepid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You are pretty personal my man, and damn stupid. I been associated with cars when you was sucking on yo mama, so don't play the big man on the internet that I can't meet face to face and show your stupidity. All these years you are speaking of, GM outsold the competition of your Asians friends damn near 3 to 1. I guess you believe that all these people are idiots, well I know you are the idiot, and I would really enjoy having a 1 on 1 with you
      • 5 Years Ago
      You are pretty personal my man, and damn stupid. I been associated
      with cars when you was sucking on yo mama, so don't play the big man
      on the internet that I can't meet face to face and show your
      stupidity. All these years you are speaking of, GM outsold the
      competition of your Asians friends damn near 3 to 1. I guess you
      believe that all these people are idiots, well I know you are the
      idiot, and I would really enjoy having a 1 on 1 with you

      • 5 Years Ago
      Gruv you may not know it but I am here to tell you that you,my man, are a frickin idiot. It's people like you that just disgust me, so do everyone a favor, crawl back in your hole and shut the hell up. The new products GM has are not only the best looking, but the quality is very high. I had the opportunity to visit the Hamtramck Assembly Plant, in Hamtramck, Michigan recently. Oustanding products are leaving this facility. Call it the "new GM" or whatever you want. As far as I am concerned the "old GM" was fine. Other than a few mistakes 1- Ford and 1- Chrysler in 54 years everything else was GM, I have 5 GM products now totalling over 750,000 miles on them and can go anywhere I want on any of them. GM now, and forever for me and my family.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spoken like a lifetime union member. I bet you turn bolts better than anyone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Texmin...........Never turned a wrench or bolted a bolt in my life. Never ever was associated with any union. I have sold Automotive parts since 1973, which includes 28 years of management for GM, FORD, CHRYSLER, and the more popular foreign cars. I don't have the patience to repair them, but sure can give you what you need to do so. I am very knowledgable in this field since I received much training through the years, and enjoy it. The pleasure has been mine....................thanks
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad they're are FINALLY ramping up production, but I'm not sure I want my new Enclave built by temps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 'vette work is most likely catch-up, since not too long ago they throttled production of those.

      All in all, this is positive news for GM and their employees.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vettes are selling again? Really? I thought their targeted demographic was going away. Who's buying them?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is the Janesville, Wisconsin assembly plant still on "standby" status? I also head that GM is really regretting shutting down the Oshawa Truck plant.
      Lonnie Woodward
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is one reason behind this and that is to keep President Obama's unemployment numbers low (well, they're not low but lower than they would be!)! When you throw money and support at a company and unions as well as own 500 MILLION shares, they tend to try to help you out! During the two week shutdown, the employees are automatically enrolled and collect unemployment, which would increase the numbers A LOT! Any other time production needs to be increased, you add another shift, they are NOT working at capacity, trust me! The shutdown will happen, they need the maintenance time for updates, but I bet it happens AFTER elections when the numbers won't hurt so much! Keep on rolling Government Motors!
      • 5 Years Ago
      America's back baby!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about instead of hiring more workers they just up the price a little and use that to PAY BACK THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THEY ARE BORROWING.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To add on to hazdaz, let's not forget that the japanese government has some interests with its own industries too. You think toyota and honda are bright little shining examples of the little company doing it all on its own and taking on the big boys? The japanese people would be more than happy to tell us all about how much they hate the government keeping their automakers at the tiop.

        I'm sick of people talking like the government owning a piece of its own industry in any way shape or form is tantamount to the end of free market. If it isn't like that in the rest of the world, I doubt it will be like that here. And if it is, I'm sure it'll more likely because of naysayers like Gurv overreacting to a common business move.

        But why do I try, these people won;t be happy until they receive a check in the mail from GM for the money they borrowed. And even then, I doubt it....
        • 5 Years Ago
        do you mean the Japanese and Germans committed genocide? Look at Americas history with Natives.
        I hope GM pays off those loans, and to do that they have to sell cars.
        • 5 Years Ago

        They already paid back the loans.

        The US has equity in GM now, which is not the same thing. That isn't going to get paid back till their IPO.

        If you don't understand those rather simply things, maybe you should comment on things more your level
        ...like how pretty and shiny the silver paint is on those cars in the pic. :rolleyes:

        Oh, and here's another newsflash:
        Lower Saxony (Germany) has owned a piece of Volkswagen for decades now and both the company and the local area have benefited rather well. Those people are smart enough to know that keeping a healthy manufacturing base is vitally important to jobs in the area. People like are, clearly are not.

        If it was for all the traitorous dillholes that didn't want to give GM any loans, none of these jobs would have survived and all these plants would have been shuttered by now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ HAZDAZ: NO THEY HAVEN'T. This is exactly what I'm talking about. You believe they did because a month ago they ran some commercials toating that they paid back some of it early.




        They just shuffled one loan to another.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gruv, I'd like for you to return the wasted tax money spent on educating you. It did'nt work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gruv You can start by paying me back some of my tax money since the Gov takes a good chunk from my tax bracket in order to subsidize you....

        Gruv I would like my money in 100 bills please....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm just sick of news like this. GM is turning around! They are nixing the summer layoffs. They paid back 7 billion already!

        It's crap like that the gets repeated enough on the media that makes people FORGET the loans. Say it enough times, and I doubt they'll have to repay them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gruv, you also seem to miss that they did not HIRE, they EMPLOYED temps. Temps cannot unionize, they are not privy to benifits, don't advance on a wage scale, and can be dismissed with no hassles from the union boss.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fun Fact: If GM sells more cars and makes tons of money then it's a better chance of "us" getting our money back. Why don't people understand this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        What a bunch of clowns... Gruv, of course, is the only on who gets it. No, it's not OK for the government to own portions industry for many reasons but mostly because none of their endeavors are solvent - not even the government itself. Neither are the governments of Japan and Germany you like to compare the situation to. You can demean Gruv's education all you want but your solution to a bankrupt GM is to have it propped up by a bankrupt government all justified by the fact that other bankrupt countries provide assistance to their auto industries. Nevermind that prior to their brilliant idea to intervene in the car business, both examples were previously known for fomenting war and genocide before they were utterly reduced to rubble. I'm thinking we probably don't want to follow their lead, they don't have a history of good decision making.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what type of hysteria would be created in the automotive industry battery powered vehicles if some one designed a sytem that does not require require recharging? That the vehicle will drive in the same manner as current vehicles. The vehicle would be totaly selfe sustaining with out nuclear fusion nor hydrogen fusion?
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