Some General Motors employees will have an extended holiday break as the automaker looks to get rid of excess inventory and retool plants for the arrival of all-new models.
The plants normally see shutdowns until Jan 2 or Jan 6. However some plants, particularly those that will adopt production of a new vehicle, will be closed for a week or two longer.
According to The Detroit News, GM’s inventory levels have reached 96 days at the end of November, higher than the industry average. To compensate, GM will extend holiday breaks at it’s Oshawa, Ontario plant, which builds the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS. Additionally, GM’s Fairfax plant in Kansas will also be closed through January 12, curbing production of the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse.
In addition, GM will close its Flint assembly plant through Jan. 21 to prepare for the new line of heavy duty trucks. GM’s Wentzville, Missouri plant, which makes the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna vans, will be shut down through the week of January 6. Eventually the plant will also produce the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and soon to be unveiled 2015 GMC Canyon. GM’s Arlington, Texas plant will also be down until Jan. 21 as the plant readies to produce the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2015 Suburban, 2015 GMC Yukon family and 2015 Cadillac Escalade.