GM to close Detroit fac­tory for 5 weeks

The Washington Post - - ECONOMY & BUSINESS -

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.

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