GM grants seven-month reprieve to one of the plants it's closing

2019 Cadillac CT6 Platinum

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General Motors is extending production at one of the USA vehicle factories slated to shutter this year. In total, the plans included three U.S. assembly plants and two outside the U.S. In addition to the Impala and CT6, the Detroit-Hamtramck facility makes the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Volt.

In addition to the Detroit plant, the company plans to stop making cars and transmissions at factories in Lordstown, Ohio; Oshawa, Ontario; Warren, Michigan; and near Baltimore. In all, GM is shedding about 6,000 factory jobs and another 8,000 salaried positions. GM explained that this was a part of a global restructuring to rid itself of models that sell poorly, and free up cash for investment into electric vehicle development and manufacturing.

"We are balancing production timing while continuing the availability of Cadillac advanced technology features now included in the CT6-V, the Blackwing twin-turbo V-8 and Super Cruise", GM said in a statement today. The company says it has 2,700 jobs available for factory workers at other US plants. GM confirmed to The Drive that production of the former two ended last week, and with its announcement Friday, that the latter two will continue to be built into January of 2020. The facility was one of five in the US and Canada that GM said in November it would idle in an effort to save $6 billion by 2020.

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Union leaders welcomed the extension for the Detroit plant and promised to fight the other closures.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said about 700 hourly workers remain at the Detroit plant, down from 1,348 in November.

Detroit-based union United Auto Workers' President Gary Jones said GM's decision to continue production at the plant was a relief for the workers as well as their families.

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