GM to add third shift, 650 jobs to Tennessee plant

GM to add third shift, 650 jobs to Tennessee plant

Spring Hill makes Cadillac XT5, GMC Acadia.

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October 12, 2016

Spring Hill, Tennessee – General Motors plans to add a third shift and 650 jobs to Spring Hill Manufacturing to increase output of the recently launched Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia. The shift is expected to begin in January 2017. Staffing details are being finalized and positions will be filled starting this quarter.

“Spring Hill is demonstrating again its flexibility and agility to meet increasing customer demand for GM’s hot products,” says Cathy Clegg, vice president, GM North America Manufacturing & Labor Relations. “Just last month, Spring Hill quickly converted engine production to meet higher demand for full-size truck engines. Now the Spring Hill team will need to move with lightning speed to launch a third shift in vehicle assembly in only three months.”

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said she is confident the Spring Hill team is up to the challenge.

“Today’s announcement of an added shift is a credit to UAW Spring Hill members who launched a highly successful quality product in the new Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia,” Estrada says. “It is a credit to the productive UAW workforce and GM Spring Hill team that 650 jobs are now being added in Tennessee.”

Spring Hill’s UAW Local 1853 Chairman Mike Herron says, “The tremendous success in the marketplace of the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia is indicative of the pride and craftsmanship that are built into each of these vehicles by the highly skilled UAW members that make them.”

The XT5 model is the biggest contributor to Cadillac’s global growth. The brand has registered double-digit sales increases globally for four consecutive months. In its first six months on the market, the XT5 has become Cadillac’s best-selling model with more than 22,000 sales in the U.S.

The 2017 GMC Acadia is also selling fast. Acadia models stay on dealer lots for an average of 19 days before they are sold, according to GM sales data. The industry average is 73 days, according to Edmunds.com.

General Motors has announced more than $2 billion for the Spring Hill Manufacturing operations since 2010. This includes a $148-million investment announced in February to repurpose flexible machining and assembly equipment to build Small Block 6.2L V-8 engines for trucks. Spring Hill Manufacturing recently broke ground for the expansion of its engine plant, part of the $788.7 million investment announced in April.

Source: General Motors Co.