General Motors Cuts Back on Production at Six N. American Plants

Overtime eliminated and some plants will have week-long shut downs this fall

General Motors said Aug. 22 that it will eliminate previously scheduled overtime for the rest of 2007 at six plants that manufacture pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles. As reported by Bloomberg News, the affected factories are in Arlington, Texas; Janesville, Wisc.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Flint, Mich.; Oshawa, Ontario; and Silao, Mexico, Wickham said.

Models such as the Chevrolet Suburban SUV and GMC Sierra pickup will be affected according to company spokesman Tom Wickha. The reductions began this week.

The company also said it is shutting down a Hamtramck, Mich., plant that makes Buick and Cadillac sedans for a week each in October, November and December to cull inventory.

Last month, GM said it planned to trim production 17% at a Pontiac, Mich., factory starting in September, slowing hourly output of one-ton and three-quarter-ton Silverado and Sierra pickups.

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