Plant closing for 2 more weeks
Layoffs continue at Craft Centre
Plant closing for 2 more weeks; job cuts expected
By Barbara Wieland - Lansing State Journal
• Dec. 29: GM says it will close Lansing Craft Centre for five weeks in January, February and March.
• Jan. 21: GM says it will keep the Craft Centre closed between Jan. 31 and Feb. 25.
• Feb. 18: Shutdown extended through March 14.
• Monday: Workers return.
• Thursday: Two weeks of layoffs in April announced.
Source: Lansing State Journal research
The 500 workers at General Motors Corp.'s Lansing Craft Centre are preparing for layoffs yet again.
The assembly plant that makes the Chevrolet SSR will be shut down the weeks of April 4 and April 11. Employees will return on April 18, but permanent layoffs are expected.
Workers, notified of the new round of temporary layoffs Thursday morning, had just returned Monday from a six-week shutdown.
"This is part of a continuing effort to bring production in line with market demand," GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said.
On March 1, there were 6,500 SSRs in stock - a 217-day supply based on the rate of sales, according to Automotive News. Generally, a 60- to 75-day supply is considered ideal.
Employees returned this week to a plant that makes 40 SSRs a day, compared to the 70 daily it used to make. The slower rate means some workers will be laid off, but it's still unknown how many jobs will be cut permanently, Carpenter said.
Brian Fredline, president of United Auto Workers Local 1618, said that demand for the SSR will pick up with renewed marketing efforts. The union represents 400 people at the plant.
"GM still thinks the SSR is a signature product. In the near future, GM will be doing some things that should help to spur its sales."
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