General Motors Adds 750 Jobs at Wentzville on Strong Demand for Colorado, Canyon
Unexpectedly High Pre-Orders Prompt Additional Investment in Plant
Earlier this week, General Motors announced it was surprised by the high number of dealer pre-orders for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks, stating they were as much as seven times higher than anticipated. To meet the greater-than-anticipated demand, the company is adding 750 new third-shift jobs at its Wentzville, Missouri, assembly plant in early 2015 to help keep dealerships well stocked with the new trucks.
GM also added a third stamping press, and combined with the additional 1,315 jobs announced at the launch of the new trucks, total additional investment in Wentzville comes to $513 million. Wentzville Assembly currently employs 2,600 hourly and salaried workers. In addition to the 2015 Colorado and Canyon, Wentzville also builds the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana fullsize vans.
GM has announced fuel economy figures for the V-6 models of the new trucks, at 18/26 for the 2WD models and 17/24 for the 4WD models, significantly better highway fuel economy than comparable Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier models. Fuel economy for the base 2.5L I-4 and the forthcoming 2.8L Duramax I-4 diesel have not yet been announced, but it’s been hinted that at least one of the four-cylinder engines may top 30 mpg highway. The new Colorado and Canyon will go on sale this fall, with sales of the diesel models expected to start later in 2015 as 2016 models.
Source: General Motors