General Motors announced more downtime than planned will affect the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant, which builds the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze.
The Detroit News reports GM notified employees this morning of the additional downtime for 2017, but would not confirm when it would take place, or how many additional weeks were scheduled.
Last month, GM cut its third shift at the Lordstown assembly plant amid slowing passenger car sales. At the end of January, GM had a 100-day supply of Cruzes; a 60-day supply is deemed healthy. The third shift was comprised of 1,200 hourly workers and 43 salaried workers.
The Lordstown plant was also among several facilities idled to curb mounting inventories.
During the month of January, Chevrolet Cruze sales jumped 38.9 percent, but 2016 saw overall sales fall 16.6 percent. Union leaders are hoping Cruze sales rebound to put employees back to work.
“We want our members to get back to work,” Robert Morales, president of UAW Local 1714, said. “We’re keeping our hopes up.”