General Motors Adding 650 Jobs at Plant That Builds GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5
Third Shift Will Increase Production of Hotselling SUVs
General Motors announced that it would add a third shift at the Spring Hill, Tennessee, plant that builds the 2017 GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. The extra shift, which will commence in January, will also accommodate 650 additional jobs at Spring Hill Manufacturing.
GM is adding the jobs in order to increase production of two of its midsize crossovers. The GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 are both selling very well for their respective divisions, with the XT5 becoming the luxury brand’s bestselling model after only six months on the market. GM also claims the Acadia spends an average of just 19 days on dealer lots before being sold, compared to the industry average of 73 days.
Spring Hill Manufacturing has been the recipient of more than $2 billion in investments from GM since 2010. In February, the company announced a plan to spend $148 million to repurpose some of the facility’s assets to build the 6.2L V-8 truck engine after strong demand of the powerplant necessitated additional production. Spring Hill began churning out those engines last month.
“Just last month, Spring Hill quickly converted engine production to meet higher demand for full-size truck engines,” said Vice President Cathy Clegg, of GM North America Manufacturing & Labor Relations. “Now the Spring Hill team will need to move with lightning speed to launch a third shift in vehicle assembly in only three months.”
United Automobile Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada thinks the plant can handle the challenge. “It is a credit to the productive UAW workforce and GM Spring Hill team that 650 jobs are now being added in Tennessee,” Estrada said in a quote supplied by GM.
GM will be finalizing staffing details and filling positions starting this quarter.
Source: General Motors