General Motors has announced additional downtime for its U.S. factories to continue clawing back at mounting inventories. A total of 10 weeks of downtime combined will occur during the second half of the year, according to The Detroit News.
However, GM North America President, Alan Batey, offered reassurance for the high inventory levels and explained the decision.
“Our inventory’s high because we’re going to take 10 weeks out in the back end of the year as we’re modifying our plants particularly in pickup trucks. To be able to cadence that, we have needed to build inventory up a little bit right now because in the back end of the year we’re going to lose 10 weeks of production.”
GM’s current days’ supply sits at around 98, up from 91 last February. A total of 926,170 vehicles await homes and sit on GM dealership lots at the moment.
The automaker did not announce which factories would be affected by the downtime, but the report states the Fairfax plant in Kansas, Fort Wayne plant in Indiana, and Lordstown plant in Ohio are all likely candidates. However, GM’s Fort Wayne assembly, which builds the full-size and heavy-duty variants of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, will go offline for work related to a new product. That’s despite having a 115-days’ supply of Silverado at the automaker’s disposal.
GM announced downtime for factories late last year, specifically related to passenger cars. The Lansing Grand River assembly in particular was of concern, which assembles the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac ATS and CTS.