GM Flint Assembly increases pickup truck production in July
FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – As dealers scramble to fill orders, General Motors is looking to alleviate the shortage by increasing deliveries to dealers and customers in the United States and Canada.
GM plans to build about 1,000 heavier Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras per month starting in July. The news comes as the auto industry continues to struggle with a shortage of computer chips, leading to production slowdowns elsewhere.
The production increase announced Thursday means workers at GM Flint’s assembly plant will not benefit from the traditional summer shutdown. Instead, they will continue to launch new trucks to meet the high demand.
“We drive more trucks than we have ever driven. We’re running six to seven days a week at a line rate we’ve never used before and we’re still here gobbling up any trucks we can make, ”said Eric Welter, president of United Auto Workers Local 598, which represents Workers of the assembly of flint
Welter said the increased production is good news for Flint’s assembly workers, for Genesee County, and for customers.
“It’s tough, so and the dealers sell everything they can sell before it even hits their lots in some cases, and they demand more of our product,” he said.
This increase comes despite a massive shortage of semiconductor chips reaching the automotive industry.
“GM has done a great job keeping us in part, and it’s a weekly strategy and execution to keep us going and we’ve really been slightly affected during this crisis, because it’s a crisis of the industry that Flint Assembly – because of the demand for this product is so high – that they have been able to keep us in part and continue to administer it, ”Welter said.
GM says its efforts to deal with the global computer chip shortage have worked better than expected, so its bottom line will improve from previous forecasts. The company said in a statement Thursday that it had made technical changes, prioritized the use of semiconductors and pulled some potential second quarter shipments.
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