Might GM Close Lansing Grand River Assembly?
December 11, 2018:
The Detroit Free Press is reporting this morning that General Motors Lansing Grand River assembly plant could be shut down. LGR and a GM manufacturing plant in Lake Orion, as well as a plant in Kentucky and one in Kansas, are not operating at a profit.
The Detroit Free Press story indicates that the Lansing plant, which manufactures the Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS, may join other plants that will be shuttered next year.
Pundits don't seem to think that additional plant closures would come before UAW negotiations next summer.
November 27, 2018:
General Motors announced yesterday that they’re cutting as many as 14 thousand jobs in North America. It appears that as many as five assembly plants will close as well. On that short list could be facilities in Detroit, Warren, Oshawa (Ontario), Lordstown (Ohio), and near Baltimore (Maryland).
This news comes as GM plans to cease production of many of its car models over to autonomous and electric vehicles.
It was also made clear by GM CEO Mary Barra the company will need computer coders in greater number than internal combustion engine engineers.
Another factor in the manufacturing shake up is that SUVs and trucks are what most consumers are purchasing rather than cars.
We reported two weeks ago on happenings at Lansing's General Motors Grand River Asssemby plant:
The Lansing State Journal updated the story on LGR to indicate that 200 General Motors LGR employees will be working in Flint starting January 14, 2019 to help meet demand for full-size trucks; the GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado are manufactured at the Flint Assembly plant.
November 9, 2018: We received an anonymous call on the input lines here this morning that the General Motors Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing is extending the end-of-year shut down that begins December 20th from two weeks to four weeks.
And when employees come back on January 14th, only one shift will reportedly be coming back to the job.
The reason cited by the caller, as told them by General Motors Management, was a decline in demand for the Chevy Camaro.
The Cadillac ATS and CTS models are currently being manufactured at GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Our caller indicated that it sounds as if there will still be two shifts operating at General Motors Delta Township plant (LDT).
Earlier this year, the Lansing State Journal reported that GM plans to invest $175 million at LGR over the next three years. Assembly of the Cadillac sedans is expected to be replaced with a couple of yet to be named models.