GM has recently declared a “critical event status” for its Wentzville Assembly Plant, in an effort to help build production of the fast-selling 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon. The change in status gives GM a bit of leniency in regards to overtime rules, allowing production to run for six to seven days a week. This temporary change is part of a solution that GM has reached with suppliers.
Steve Kiefer, GM’s VP for global purchasing and supply chain, has told the press that GM has been seeking solutions for an increase in production due to a “hot sales environment.”
According to an article by The Detroit News, GM is expecting to grow and form new contracts with suppliers over the course of the next one-and-a-half to two years. That is, they expect to spend even more than the current rate of $90 billion a year in materials.