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Summer Shutdown Canceled at Most GM Plants

Increased demand is latest indicator the company is healing.

by on Jun.17, 2010

The decision is expected to result in 56,000 additional vehicles.

General Motors Company announced today that it plans to skip the traditional summer shutdowns in North America to help meet customer demand for new vehicles.

GM said nine of 11 assembly plants would continue to operate during the traditional closure period, running 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 result in 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.”

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