General Motors has announced 600 employees will be laid off from the Lansing Delta Township plant as the facility prepares to shut down for one month.
When the plant goes back online, it will function with 600 fewer workers, according to USA Today.
The shutdown is to complete retooling and prepare for the launch of the 2018 Buick Enclave and 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. However, at the same time, the plant will reorganize after phasing out production of the 2017 GMC Acadia Limited. The Acadia Limited exited production this past March.
The 600 workers to be laid off is substantially fewer than the rumored 1,100 expected when GM first announced the incoming layoffs. GM is hoping to bring 500 of the workers back to the plant early next year when Traverse and Enclave production is running at full steam.
“At this point, we anticipate approximately half the number of people reported in the (layoff) notice to be impacted by the shift reduction,” said Erin Davis, GM’s Lansing spokeswoman.
In the meantime, the Lansing Delta Township plant is advocating for a third vehicle to assemble, which has been rumored to be a new Cadillac crossover. Not the Cadillac XT4, though, since the XT4 is likely slated to be assembled in Fairfax, Kansas.
“We’re advocating for additional product at the plant,” said Bill Reed, president of UAW Local 602. If the plant does receive another product, it would likely reinstate the third shift.