GM, Ford to Extend Holiday Plant Shutdowns
General Motors and Ford are planning longer holiday breaks for many of their plants to get rid of excess inventory and prepare for all-new models. GM’s vehicle inventory has reached a 96-day supply, much higher than the industry average. To adjust for this, GM will extend break days at its Oshawa, Ontario plant, which builds the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Regal, and Cadillac XTS. It will also close its Fairfax plant in Kansas through January 12, slowing production of the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse. Some GM plant closures will help support the company's truck revolution. The automaker’s Flint assembly plant will be shut down until January 21 to prepare for GM’s new heavy duty pickup trucks. The Wentzville plant in Missouri will be out during the week of January 6 to help get ready for production of GM’s revived line of midsize pickups including the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon. GM’s Arlington plant in Texas is also down for a few weeks to retool for GM’s full-size SUVs due out early next year.Meanwhile, Ford is also taking the holiday season to close off some of its plants. The Flat Rock assembly plant will not be up and running until January 21. The plant, which was already idled for a bit this month as well, builds the Mustang and Fusion. The automaker is also closing a plant in Mexico for an extra week to slow production of the Fiesta small car. Source: The Detroit News
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