Strong demand allows GM to forgo summer shutdown at most U.S. plants

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GM says that it is going to keep most of its plants open during its traditional summer shutdown period, thereby increasing production by about 56,000 vehicles. Nine of GM”s 11 U.S. assembly plants will remain open during the June 28 – July 9 period in order to keep up with the strong demand for vehicles such as the Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Traverse. Most stamping and power-train plants will also remain open.

“Our manufacturing teams are taking creative approaches to increase production and reduce the wait times for our dealers and customers,” Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, said in a statement.

GM has seen an increase in sales of 15% through the first five-months of this year when compared to the same period last year; the industry average for the same statistic is 17%.

– By: Stephen Calogera

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