General Motors is extending production at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant. The factory was scheduled to end production June 1 as apart of GM’s larger restructuring that called for idling four other North American factories. However, the automaker is extending production of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6, which are built there.
“We are balancing production timing while continuing the availability of Cadillac advanced technology features currently included in the CT6-V, the Blackwing Twin-Turbo V8 and Super Cruise,” General Motors said in the statement announcing the extension.
The last few months for Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant employees and others affected by GM’s restructuring have been tumultuous. Employees were blindsided by news GM would idle the Detroit-Hamtramck plant back in November, learning of the announcement through the local and national news media. This happened after union representatives quashed layoff rumors just two weeks before GM’s late-November announcement.
Since then, GM has held firm on its decision to follow through with its plan. The automaker has encouraged the United Auto Workers and Unifor unions to assist employees with securing transfers to other GM factories. The automaker says it has about 2,700 open positions at other factories for the roughly 2,800 workers that’ll be affected by the plant closures. So far, nearly 1,500 have accepted transfers to another factory, with 567 transferring from Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly.
When GM announced it’d close Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, many believed the CT6 production would end. However, in January, the company said the CT6 would live on with the company already developing the next generation. The Cadillac CT6, which is built at the factory, is important to the automaker because the vehicle features Cadillac’s Super Cruise and will soon feature the twin-turbocharged Blackwing V8 in the CT6-V trim. GM is working to shift CT6 production elsewhere.