General Motors says it will suspend the third shift at two car factories, including one in Michigan, early next year because American consumers are shifting from cars to SUVs and trucks.
The company says the shifts will be idled at factories in Lansing and Lordstown, Ohio, near Cleveland. The Lordstown plant makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact car, while the Lansing Grand River factory makes the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car and the Cadillac ATS and CTS luxury cars.
More than 2,000 workers will be indefinitely laid off during the move. More than 800 of those jobs will be in Michigan, with 810 hourly and 29 salaried positions impacted, according to Crain's Detroit Business. The moves will be effective Jan. 16.
GM says the moves are being made to align production to demand for the cars.
GM also announced it would invest more than $900 million at a Toledo, Ohio, transmission plant, the Lansing Grand River factory and a casting plant in Bedford, Indiana, to prepare for future new vehicles.
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