GM to Keep US Plants Open During Summer, Cites Demand

Most General Motors' U.S. plants will forego traditional summer shutdowns to help meet buyer demand for popular models, the automaker said Thursday.

Chevy Volt
Chevy Volt

GM says nine of its 11 assembly plants will continue to operate during the traditional shutdown periodfrom June 28 to July 9.

Most of GM's U.S. stamping and powertrain plants will also work to support assembly operations.

GM assembly plants working through the traditional summer shutdown are—Arlington, Texas, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Detroit Hamtramck, Michigan, Fairfax, Kansas, Flint, Michigan, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lansing Delta Township, Michigan, Lansing Grand River, Michigan and Wentzville, Missouri.

The decision is expected to generate up to 56,000 additional vehicles.Those include Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac cars, crossovers, and trucks.

"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.

Historically, the summer shutdown was used by the automakers to complete an annual model changeover.

"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.

General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in June of 2009. It was reorganized and now temporarily majority owned by the US Treasury.