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GM Adding Shift, Rehiring Workers

Ford puts 3,000 on temporary layoff due to parts shortage.

by on Jan.25, 2011

Growing demand from small businesses for heavy-duty pickups leads GM to add a third shift at its Flint plant.

General Motors plans to add a third shift at truck assembly plant in Flint, Mi. to build heavy-duty pickup trucks, largely for commercial customers – a move that should come as good news to 750 workers currently on layoff.

But 3,000 Ford workers at a plant near the company’s headquarters have gotten less positive news, learning they will be temporarily idled, next week, ironically because increasing demand has led to a shortage of key powertrain components.

Mark Reuss, GM President – North America, said the automaker is satisfied demand for the trucks is growing and there are ample customers for the heavy-duty trucks which, in turn, suggest there’s growing movement in the economy.

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“Adding a third shift is a response to customer demand for heavy-duty pickups, which most people use to tow, haul and plow,” said Mark Reuss.

Flint Assembly currently employs nearly 2,100 hourly and salaried employees and operates two production shifts. In 2010 the plant produced 115,000 trucks, the majority of them regular and crew-cab versions of the heavy-duty Silverado and Sierra. Last year, the plant added production of regular and crew-cab version of the light-duty Silverado.