General Motors plans to cut one of its two shifts at the company’s Warren Transmission plant, potentially affecting about half of the approximately 580 people who work there.
The move is apparently an effort to adjust to slower passenger car sales as consumer tastes have increasingly switched away from cars to SUVs and crossovers. Automakers, however, are also dealing with plateauing vehicle sales after seven years of growth.
“Recent actions to reduce passenger car production have caused us to adjust transmission production,” GM said in a statement. “This action will help maintain more stable production and provide the smallest impact to plant employment going forward.”
The changes will start later this month. The company said it is not providing more details for competitive reasons.
The transmissions produced at the plant on Nine Mile Road supply the Chevrolet Traverse, Malibu, Equinox and Impala; GMC Acadia and Terrain; Buick Enclave and Regal; and Cadillac XTS, according to GM.
CNN reports this is the fifth time the company has cut shifts at a U.S. plant since November, affecting 5,000 jobs.
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