US - A third shift will be added to GM's Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee, starting in September 2018. The company has said that growing market demand for the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 have justified the new shift.
"This shift addition is not only an indication of the popularity of these GMC and Cadillac crossovers with customers but is testament to the great work being done by the Spring Hill Assembly team," commented Ken Knight, Spring Hill manufacturing plant executive director. "Their commitment to building quality vehicles is visible every day. It also demonstrates the strong spirit of teamwork between GM and our UAW partners, as we work together to satisfy our customers."
Retail sales of the GMC Acadia during the first quarter of 2018 were up by over 15% compared to the same period in 2017, while sales of the Cadillac XT5 were up 10%. This marked the best ever quarter for Acadia sales.
The Spring Hill plant includes stamping, body shop, paint shop and is also home to a Global Propulsion Systems plant. GM has said that the third shift will mean it will need to employ an additional 700 workers at Spring Hill, adding to the existing 3,028 workers.
In 2017, GM said it was investing US$47m in its manufacturing facilities at Spring Hill and Bay City, Michigan. This is part of a larger $1 billion investment in US manufacturing operations in order to prepare for future product programmes.