GM to add 200 more workers at Detroit-Hamtramck plant

by Chrissie Thompson
Detroit Free Press
May 17, 2012

General Motors is adding about 200 new workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck Chevy Volt factory in anticipation of increasing its production rate in July when the plant adds the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, people familiar with the situation said…

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant is hiring after an up-and-down spring. Slower-than-expected Volt sales caused the factory to schedule a five-week shutdown in April. Then the automaker cut the downtime to four weeks as sales took off in California, where the Volt recently became a ticket to less-congested high-occupancy-vehicle lanes. The automaker now has a shortage of Volts in California, the people said.

The factory is still planning a longer-than-usual three-week shutdown, starting in June, the people said.

After that, the plant will increase its production rate as it starts assembling the new Malibu. GM has been selling the Eco hybrid version of the Malibu since this winter, producing it in Kansas City.

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