Two General Motors plants will be burning the midnight oil this holiday season to meet growing demand for the vehicles they manufacture. The two facilities in question are the Wentzville factory in Missouri that builds the 2015 Chevy Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon as well as the Bowling Green plant in Kentucky that builds the Chevrolet Corvette.
Typically, U.S. automakers idle their manufacturing operations during the last week of the year, but this year, light-truck deliveries in the U.S. are up 10 percent through November as compared to November 2013. And with fuel prices likely sustaining their current lows for some time to come, not to mention the significant improvements baked into the new Canyon and Colorado, the pickup duo is expected to remain hot for awhile.
Outside of the two aforementioned plants, however, the remainder of GM’s manufacturing facilities will remain closed through the holidays. Two of the plants — both associated with Cadillac models — will remain closed for an extra two weeks past the holidays. And that’s not just for plant maintenance, but rather a result of a 15 percent drop in Cadillac sales so far in 2014, causing dealerships to have larger inventories.
For the most part, overtime work through the holiday season is an optimistic sign for the near-term future of General Motors vehicle sales — although perhaps it’s unwelcome news to plant workers who might have been looking forward to a longer break.