GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado Plant Running in Overdrive
GM Revises Break Schedule to Eliminate Lulls, Adds Flex Workers
The Wentzville, Missouri, manufacturing plant that builds the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado will be seeing some human-resources changes to help General Motors build as many of the midsize trucks as possible. According to Automotive News, the plant will be cutting an unpaid lunch break, in addition to some other scheduling changes that will allow for 18 extra minutes of production every day, which translates to 3,500 more trucks a year.
The Wentzville facility has been running at full capacity since the GM midsizers went on sale. Strong demand for the pickups surprised everyone (ourselves included) and can be credited to lower nationwide gas prices in recent months, plus glowing reviews of the competent trucks. In an effort to meet that demand, GM will also be adding up to 1,000 flex workers who will fill weekend shifts and boost capacity by 2,000 trucks every month, according to Automotive News.
Further complicating the issue is the production of the surprisingly hot-selling Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, which are also built in Wentzville. Since Ram and Ford have abandoned the body-on-frame van market, many body builders, bus companies, and camper conversion specialists have migrated to the Express and Savana, rather than retooling their equipment for the unibody Transit and ProMaster. Balancing production of the two different vehicles (four, if you’re counting nameplates) has proved to be a challenge, as GM wants to sell as many pickups as possible without leaving out fleet buyers.
Industry experts predict that GM will move about 140,000 Colorado and Canyon pickups in 2015. Those numbers compare favorably to the yearly sales of the industry-stalwart Toyota Tacoma, which sold just over 150,000 units in 2014.
Source: Automotive News