The shift is expected to start in the first quarter of
2013 with additional staffing beginning in the fourth
quarter of 2012.
Arlington Assembly currently employs approximately 2,500
hourly and salaried employees and operates two production
shifts. In 2011, the plant produced nearly 270,000
vehicles. Demand for full-size SUVs remains stable.
The third shift will enable Arlington Assembly to meet
market demand for the current generation of full-size
SUVs and provide relief for employees who have worked
extensive overtime since the fourth quarter of 2009. The
installation of new tooling and equipment required to
build GM's new line of SUVs will limit vehicle
production in 2013. A third shift will provide the plant
needed production capacity during this transition time.
"Based on economic uncertainty and gas price
volatility, we took a prudent approach by relying
extensively on overtime over the past few years,"
said Larry Zahner, manufacturing manager for GM North
America. "We see this segment stabilizing enough to
add a third shift, reducing the cost and personal demand
of overtime and providing us flexibility for possible
increased demand as we introduce new trucks."
Arlington's third shift addition is the latest of a
long list of job-creating actions by GM. Since July 10,
2009, GM has announced U.S. facility investments of more
than $7.1 billion and more than 18,600 created or
retained jobs. GM Arlington has contributed to these
numbers through investment totals of $531 million and
more than 1,000 created or retained jobs, all announced
within the past 13 months.
"The members of Local 276 have risen to the task
time and time again. Be it delivering best in class
quality or working maximum overtime, they
delivered," said Joe Ashton, vice president of the
UAW representing the GM Department. "Due to their
efforts, a third shift will be added providing jobs for
the Arlington community. Congratulations to the
Arlington team for a job well done."
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