General Motors informed its workforce at the Lansing Delta assembly plant it will be cutting the third shift and laying off 1,100 employees, according to The Detroit Free Press.
The cuts were expected to come as GM ends production of the previous-generation, full-size GMC Acadia. The old Acadia has lived on as the Acadia Limited after production of the all-new, midsize 2017 GMC Acadia moved to Spring Hill, Tennessee.
Bill Reed, president of UAW Local 602, which represents the hourly workers at the plant, reiterated the layoffs were expected.
“This was a major vehicle change,” he said. “It was kind of expected this was going to happen. I believe it’s going to be for a short time.”
The plant has been advocating to build a new Cadillac crossover at the facility and Reed added, “I know (GM) wants to utilize the plant at full capacity.”
Along with the layoff announcement, GM confirmed it would build the second-generation, 2018 Buick Enclave at the Lansing Delta plant. The plant currently builds the first-generation Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave and will build the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse as well.
The plant has become a hot facility following the market’s shift to crossovers and other utility vehicles, unlike the neighboring Lansing Grand River facility. GM cut 839 jobs from the plant in January following dismal passenger car sales. The Lansing Grand River plant builds the Cadillac ATS, CTS and sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro.