GM says Spring Hill likely to absorb workers from idled plants elsewhere


GM says Spring Hill likely to absorb workers from idled plants elsewhere

General Motors issued another statement on Friday about its commitment to North American manufacturing, detailing a plan for the majority of employees currently working at Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Oshawa, Canada facilities that will be without product allocation beyond 2019.

According to a press release from the company, the plan includes approximately 2,700 available jobs at other GM U.S. plants, including Spring Hill Manufacturing, which includes an assembly plant that builds GMC and Cadillac SUVs, and an engine plant that assembles four- and eight-cylinder engines.

According to the GM announcement, more than 1,100 U.S. employees have already volunteered to transfer to other GM U.S. plants. This update coincides with GM’s filing of U.S. government-required layoff notifications.

“Strong U.S. and Canadian economies enable us to provide these opportunities now as we position General Motors for long-term success,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in the press release. “Our focus remains on providing interested employees options to transition including job opportunities at other GM plants. We remain committed to working with local government officials, our unions and each individual to find appropriate opportunities for them.”

The major restructuring of GM manufacturing, aiming to save the company $6 billion by 2020, was announced in late November. The next day, after criticism from Congress and from President Trump, the company issued a statement affirming its commitment to U.S. manufacturing. A week later, Barra issued another statement after meeting with members of Congress from Michigan, Ohio and Maryland:

“I had a very constructive meeting today with members of the Michigan congressional delegation. I share their concerns about the impact the actions we announced last week will have on our employees, their families and the communities. These were very difficult decisions — decisions I take very personally. I reiterated to all members I met with this week from Michigan, Ohio and Maryland that many hourly employees at the impacted U.S. plants will have the opportunity to work at other U.S. GM plants and that we are committed to working with them to minimize the impact on the communities. I also informed them that all salaried GM workers impacted by these actions are being offered outplacement services to help them transition to new jobs.”

Friday the company detailed the personnel situation thus far:

GM U.S. HOURLY EMPLOYEES AT IMPACTED PLANTS

TOTAL U.S. HOURLY ACTIVE EMPLOYEES IMPACTED     2,800
EMPLOYEES ELIGIBLE TO RETIRE 1,200
TOTAL U.S. GM JOB OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE 2,700
EMPLOYEES ALREADY VOLUNTEERED TO TRANSFER 1,100


GM U.S. PLANTS IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES

The additional 2,700 jobs at GM’s U.S. manufacturing plants will support new vehicle launches beginning in 2019. The facilities needing additional employees:

  • Bedford Casting Operations in Bedford, Indiana
  • Bowling Green Assembly in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan
  • Lansing Grand River Assembly in Lansing, Michigan
  • Toledo Transmission Operations in Toledo, Ohio
  • Spring Hill Manufacturing in Spring Hill, Tennessee
  • Arlington Assembly in Arlington, Texas
  • Skilled trades jobs available across multiple locations

“GM is building on its more than $22 billion in investments in U.S. operations since 2009 and reaffirming its commitment to maintaining a strong manufacturing presence in the U.S.,” according to the company’s statement.

Among those investments was $788.7 million for Spring Hill Manufacturing, announced in 2016 for an all-new, high-efficiency engine program, as well as projects to modernize the vehicle programs there.

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