GM to close Detroit factory for 5 weeks
General Motors plans to shutter a Detroit car factory for five weeks, laying off 1,500 workers as it tries to keep inventory under control.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant makes the Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CT6, Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Volt hybrid. It will be shut down through the end of the year starting Nov. 20.
GM also plans to lower the assembly line speed at the plant starting Oct. 20. The company said fewer than 200 workers will be laid off on that date.
Impala sales are off 32 percent through September. Volt sales are down 6 percent, and LaCrosse sales are off 21 percent. CT6 sales, up 51 percent for the year, fell 27 percent last month.