May 13, 2002
GM expanding full-size pickup production
Pontiac, Michigan – General Motors announced plans to expand production of the award-winning Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups at its Pontiac, Michigan truck assembly plant. The Pontiac plant will add a third shift of production later this fall.
“Market demand is driving GM to expand production of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra – two cornerstone products behind GM’s market place resurgence,” said Gary Cowger, President of GM North America. “Once again GM and the UAW demonstrate what can be achieved by working together to build high quality, must-have products.”
The added capacity at Pontiac is expected to increase the plant’s production by more than 30 percent. Over a full calendar year of three shift production, Pontiac Assembly will have the capacity to build approximately 100,000 more full-size pickups than are currently produced on two shifts of production. In 2001, Pontiac built more than 208,500 full-size pickups.
For April 2002, GM’s truck lineup deliveries were up 24 percent, continuing on pace to establish an all-time industry record. GM’s April full-size pickup deliveries came in at 79,018 units, an increase of approximately 5 percent over last April.
The Pontiac plant will fill its manpower requirements with current GM employees on layoff status. The company does not expect to hire any new employees. Pontiac Assembly currently employs approximately 2,400 hourly and 215 salaried employees with hourly workers represented by UAW Local 594.