And, just like that, we’re rounding out the summer months and heading into fall, the season to bring us changing colors in the trees, a plethora of pumpkin flavored anything among other things. Oh, and the 2o16 Chevrolet Camaro.
General Motors has released pricing information for the 2016 Chevy Camaro and, behind the scenes, new GM trainees are gearing up for the car’s production at the Lansing Grand River assembly plant.
The Lansing State Journal stood back and watched as trainees were thrown onto the conveyer and trained on wooden vehicle replicas, taking off and assembling bumpers, taillights and steering wheels.
After two 10-minute rounds, they trainees were expected to disassemble, and reassemble 18 pseudo Camaros. 15 were completed, and 14 had defects.
“Not everyone wants to pull the cord, but their problems will get bigger if they don’t,” said Jason Smith, a team leader for the trainees. The exercise was meant to teach them that, according to Smith.
“When I first started here, we didn’t have training,” said Smith, who has worked at the plant for 16 years. “They stuck you on the floor and had you fend for yourself. Today, you are more prepared for the job.”
In all, these were the last trainees of the 450 new employees hired on for the second shift at the Lansing Grand River assembly, as production returns to the U.S. for the 2016 Camaro.
New employees of the assembly are thrilled to have the chance to build a car like the 2016 Camaro, as told by Chris Frosty, one of the many new hires.
“The fact that they are bringing Camaro production to Lansing says a lot about (this plant) and its employees,” said Frosty, who was hired in June. “It shows that the auto industry is good and it’s going to keep growing.”