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GM to add shifts, 1,200 jobs at Lansing plants

Kalea Hall
The Detroit News

Detroit — General Motors Co. will add more than 1,200 jobs at its Lansing factories to meet customer demand for its mid-size SUVs and to support the introduction of two all-new Cadillac sedans, the Detroit automaker said Friday.

GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly will get a second shift resulting in the addition of almost 400 employees to build the new Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans. 

Matt Beck works on the assembly line last week at the GM Lansing Delta Township plant. A third shift of about 800 employees will be added at Lansing Delta to build the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave SUVs. GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly will get a second shift resulting in the addition of almost 400 employees to build the new Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans.

A third shift of about 800 employees will be added at Lansing Delta Township Assembly to build the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave SUVs.

Both shift additions will be operational in the second quarter of 2020. Jobs will be filled according to the United Auto Workers national agreement with the initial focus being on placing employees who are laid off from other plants. 

GM next week will lay off more than 800 employees at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant as the automaker retools the plant over the next 12-18 months for production of electric vehicles including the GMC Hummer EV. The plant ended production of the Chevrolet Impala, an internal-combustion vehicle, on Thursday.

Last week the Lansing Delta Township plant celebrated its 3-millionth vehicle to come down the line. The plant is GM’s newest in the U.S. 

Lansing Grand River Assembly is GM’s second-newest U.S. assembly plant. The plant manufactures the Chevrolet Camaro and the Cadillac CT5 and CT4 sedans and their V-series performance versions.

The announcement comes after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Thursday it will cut the third shift at Windsor Assembly this summer as it begins to phase out production of the Dodge Grand Caravan. The move will affect about 1,500 employees.

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