Large SUV Demand Prompts GM To Add an Extra Shift In Arlington
Although General Motors is preparing quite the small car offensive, it seems to be able to sell its crossover and full-size SUVs without much trouble. Thanks to increased demand for vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon GM is adding an extra shift of workers at its plant in Arlington, Texas.
We reported last week that GM was unable to meet Demand for their smaller SUVs and may restart Idled plants in Spring Hill, Tennessee and Janesville, Wisconsin. As was the case with the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact SUVs, GM has a less than ideal supply of full-size SUVs on dealers' lots. Supply for all of GM's full-size utes stands around 30 days, far less than the industry standard of 60 days. Supply for the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV stands at a scant 15 days. Who says Americans have abandoned the full-size SUV?
In order to resupply dealers, Arlington plant managers are forced to add an extra shift. Presently, the plant operates on an extended-hour four-day work week, in order to reduce costs. A 10-hour Friday shift has been added to the schedule, and a similar shift may be added to select Saturdays as well. If all goes according to plan, GM expects to be back to the 60-day supply level by April.
This isn't the first time GM's had to add shifts to plants in order to keep pace with demand. A factory in Kansas City, Missouri -- which builds the Chevy Malibu and Buick LaCrosse -- along with a factory in Ingsersoll, Ontario, Canada -- home of the Equinox and Terrain -- have both been pushed into overtime.
Source: Automotive News