US: GM mulling increase of workforce at Detroit factory

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General Motors, the third largest automaker in the world and the biggest in the United States, announced recently it plans to introduce a second shift – around 1,200 workers – at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The move follows expectations for increased demand for the four models it produces currently and also comes as the production of Cadillac’s new top of the line sedan is drawing near, according to the company. The second shift at Detroit-Hamtramck, which is scheduled to be introduced early next year, will bring an additional workforce of 1,200 people at the assembly facility, taking the total to 2,800 persons, said Gm on Thursday. The factory is jointly shared by the city of Detroit and the town it is almost absorbed by the larger urban agglomeration – Hamtramck. It’s also one of GM’s most flexible, meaning it can handle the production of models using different underlying chassis. According to a company spokesperson, the facility would be tasked to also manufacture the Cadillac CT6, the luxury marquee’s new flagship sedan, starting with the first quarter of 2016. Today the factory, affectionately dubbed “D-Ham,” handles the production of the high volume sedans Chevrolet Malibu and Impala as well as the plug-in electric-gasoline hybrid models Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR. GM added that hiring was already under way at the plant and the new hires would complement the 52,700 UAW-represented hourly workers at GM in its home country. GM also said almost a year ago it would spend $300 million to upgrade and heavily automate the location. Via Reuters