Wednesday, 17 February 2021 16:29

GM Idles Shifts at 4 Factories Amid Arctic Blast; 8,000 Workers Affected

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
Cadillac Escalades roll off the assembly line June 25, 2019, at Arlington Assembly. Cadillac Escalades roll off the assembly line June 25, 2019, at Arlington Assembly. Mike Stone for GM


...the weather warnings are in place for the week.


The Arlington employee said the typically warm and dry state got 5 inches of snow, knocking out power in his home. 


Barnas said GM intends to make up as much production lost "as possible," but he declined to provide the total impact on production at Arlington or Spring Hill.


Arlington Assembly is a crucial plant for GM where it employs about 1,650 workers per shift and runs three shifts. Most of 5,000 employees at Arlington are hourly and represented by the UAW. 


GM builds the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs there. The vehicles are all richly profitable, helping to fund the development of GM's electric vehicle push. GM has said it aspires for all its light vehicles to be zero emissions by 2035. The average Escalade sells for about $100,000.


At Arlington, GM has capacity to build about 1,200 vehicles a day there, according to its website, and pays $1 million in wages a day at Arlington.
At GM's Spring Hill Assembly, GM builds the Cadillac XT5, XT6 and GMC Acadia midsize SUVs. It also builds several engines there, including ones used in GM's full-size pickups and full-size SUVs.


GM canceled the third shift at Spring Hill on Feb. 14 and first and second shifts on Feb. 15. GM employs about 3,287 people across three shifts at Spring Hill. Most are hourly workers.


Tennessee was also under a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Feb. 16.


The forecast called for 2 to 5 inches of snow and ice accumulation of one-tenth to three-tenths of an inch across the central to southwestern areas of the southern state. Power outages and tree damage are possible, along with travel difficulties. 


Subzero temperatures are affecting Missouri. A wind chill warning was in effect until noon Feb. 16.


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