The Detroit News is reporting General Motors will temporarily lay off 104 workers from its Flint Engine plant. The change will take place at the end of April, when the third shift at the plant will be discontinued. The Flint plant had been supplying engines for the Korean-built Buick Encore compact SUV. Engines for the Encore will now be sourced locally in Korea.
It is unknown how long the layoffs will be in effect for the affected workers. The Flint Engine plant also builds naturally-aspirated and turbocharged 1.4-liter engines for the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Sonic. Production of four-cylinder engines for those models will not be affected.
Flint also supplies 3.6-liter V-6 engines for the Cadillac CTS, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia large crossovers. The plant employs a total of 900 hourly and salaried employees.
GM's plant in Bupeyong, South Korea builds the Encore, and its international stablemates, the Opel Mokka and Chevrolet Trax. The Trax and Mokka are offered in Europe and other markets with a 1.7-liter turbodiesel I-4 with 130 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque.
Source: The Detroit News