This move spells the end of production for both the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala sedans. Production of the CT6 will officially end in January, while the Impala will stop rolling off the line on February 28.
The 753 union workers at the plant will be offered jobs at other GM facilities, GM spokesman Dan Flores said.
“As previously announced, production of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly will be complete in early 2020,” Flores told the Detroit Free Press. “We have job opportunities for all D-Ham team members covered by the UAW-GM National Agreement. We expect to have opportunities in Michigan and Ohio.”
Detroit-Hamtramck will be shut down in early 2020 in order to undergo extensive re-tooling to build the automaker’s new line of large electric vehicles. Production of its electric pickup will begin at the plant in mid-to-late 2021. An electric Hummer SUV and an electric Cadillac crossover may eventually join the truck at the Metro Detroit plant as well.
The electric vehicle programs will bring roughly 2,225 jobs back to Detroit-Hamtramck once the 4-million sq.-ft. facility is up and running at full capacity by the mid-2020s. GM has also committed $3 billion in investments to the plant in order to produce the new line of electric vehicles there.
In addition to the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala, Detroit-Hamtramck was also once responsible for building the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle. GM discontinued the Volt after lackluster sales and pivoting its electrified vehicle strategy to focus on battery-powered vehicles only. This is in contrast to rivals like Ford and Toyota, which plan to offer a mix of hybrids and EVs going forward to give customers more choice.
A copy of the GM document sent out to Detroit-Hamtramck employees on Tuesday can be viewed at this link.